The Panthers have the 28th overall pick in the Draft and general manager Dave Gettleman has refused to reveal whether he would choose a offensive or defensive player with their first-round pick.
However, Rivera believes that protecting Newton should be their main priority due to the number of offensive weapons already at their disposal.
"I think protecting him [is more important]. You have so many opportunities to get playmakers on the field," Rivera told reporters.
"Other than the quarterback, there are five other guys who can make plays for you. I think right now what we've done is bring in guys who have the ability to make plays for us. I feel very comfortable with that."
The Panthers are looking to build on a successful 2013 campaign as they went 12-4 to win the NFC South.