I just got finished watching a highlight tape of Cam Newton. He has a little freak in him. When I saw Blaine Gabbert, it was clear that he is a NFL ready type QB. I think he is smart enough to be a legitimate player in this league. He will go before Newton, but once Gabbert is gone, now it gets really interesting.
If Carolina takes Gabbert, there will be some gulping going on around the league. Every team that passes on Newton will have to live with what he might accomplish in the NFL for the rest of his career. Newton could make you look like an idiot if you draft him OR if you don't. He is the only QB left that can make you say "WOW" when you watch the tape. He is also the only QB left that could generate enough interest in these transition years that will follow the lockout, to sell tickets to a bitter fan base in Buffalo, Cincinnati, and Arizona. I am still not totally convinced that Denver won't take him either.
Personally, I think there is about a 40% chance that Newton becomes a legitimate QB in the NFL. I am a believer in accuracy more than anything else in a QB and that is where Newton appears to be lacking. But, his skill set is unique, and a 40% chance of getting one of those QBS that could save a franchise would probably put me over the top and force to draft Newton if I were picking in Buffalo, Cincinnati, or Arizona. As I have said, I have a hard time watching him and not having the name Ben Roethlisberger come to mind.