The 2011 NFL Draft begins on Thursday evening. has the Carolina Panthers taking Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton with the first pick. View their mock first-round, below.

Quarterback Cam Newton

1. Carlina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

Carolina's selection is still very much up in the air, but we're getting very close to a decisive pick. On Monday, general manager Marty Hurney suggested that his team will take a quarterback with this selection. This was after Ron Rivera told Warren Moon, Cam Newton's mentor, that he's "convinced" that Newton is worthy of the top choice in the 2011 NFL Draft.