As I reported earlier this week, Newton created a very positive buzz at team headquarters when he visited the Panthers a few weeks ago. During that stop, he also met with team owner Jerry Richardson and, from what I was told, things went very well. Richardson was among many who were impressed at how Newton handled his lengthy interview.
I also spoke with someone close to Newton on Wednesday -- the quarterback is in New York with several other rookies for pre-draft festivities. I was told that Newton hasn't heard from any teams over the past few days except for representatives from multiple clubs checking in to confirm his contact numbers during the draft.
The Panthers don't have a second-round pick, but they have eight selections overall, two in the third round. I've been told they'd like to add depth in the secondary and along the defensive line, and acquire help at wide receiver at some point. If not in the draft, they will target those areas in free agency.