On April 28, 2011, Newton was selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.
He was the first reigning Heisman Trophy winner to go first overall since Carson Palmer in 2003. 1 selection after Tucker Frederickson (1965), Bo Jackson (1986), and Aundray Bruce (1988).
tunic: Free People Sleeveless Printed Trapeze Top (says it’s a dress, but…ha ha. I wore it without a long tee underneath, because I live in the south…and did not need the extra layer, but you can totally layer a long sleeve tee underneath if you need it.
His quarterbacks coach was Mike Shula, former head football coach of his college rival Alabama.
A month later on September 1, 2011, he was named the Panthers' starting quarterback, ahead of Derek Anderson and Clausen.
In his senior year, Newton was rated a five-star prospect by Rivals.com, the No.
2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and the 14th quarterback and 28th player overall.
Newton attended Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he played for the Westlake Lions high school football team.