30 Apr 2011

Panthers pick Newton as number one NFL draft pick

12:26 pm on 30 April 2011

Quarterback Cam Newton's been selected by the Carolina Panthers as the number one pick in the annual NFL Draft.

Fans in New York booed the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell when he initially walked on to the stage to announce the first pick because of ongoing industrial problems.

The Panthers were given the first pick because they finished with the NFL's worst record last season.

They were always expected to choose Newton, who won the 2010 Heisman Trophy as the outstanding player in university football.

Newton's achievements on the college playing fields were mixed with a major controversy over his eligibility after it was revealed that his father Cecil Newton, who played two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys as a safety, had tried to solicit payments from another university for his son's services, in violation of the strict amateur rules for college players.

Newton was briefly declared ineligible to play but later reinstated after no evidence was found proving he had any knowledge of his father's activities.