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  1. Rookie Camp - Need your input

    All the CBs
  2. Someone sell me on why Butler was a good pick?

    Dwan Edwards played 50% of D snaps last year and he is gone. We did not have a backup UT behind KK. Butler will take Star's spot on passing downs as well. He's a lock to play ~50% of D snaps if he remains healthy. Shaq only played ~30% last year. Realistically, no one available that late was going to step in and be an instant NFL starter. Our weaknesses on D were line depth and talent /athleticism in the secondary. A pass rushing UT like Butler helps both of those issues (and DG addressed the latter in spades later in the draft).
  3. Good read on UDFA WR Keyarris Garrett

    If Matt Harmon is excited, I'm excited. He knows his WRs.
  4. Panthers Tango with Cash

  5. Perception and the Draft

    Yesterday, over half of the huddle was throwing a collective hissy fit because we "overdrafted" two CBs that were not ranked highly by many in the media (and that many of us - myself included - had never heard of). Heading up to the draft, Jeremy Cash was a local player that many thought would be a good pick - that filled a need - in the 2nd or 3rd round. And many of us - fueled by media reports of the Panthers interest - were getting excited at the prospect of drafting Harlan Miller, who looked like a young Josh Norman in his highlights. I saw several members on this site advocating using a 3rd round selection on Miller. These valuations were supported by many of the media covering the draft process. Had we drafted Cash in the 2nd and Miller in the 3rd, I think it's fair to say those picks would have been well received. At the very least, the picks would have generated much less drama than Bradberry and Worley. And yet in the actual draft, Harlan Miller went at the very end of the 6th round and Jeremy Cash went undrafted (let's hope he becomes a Panthers UDFA). The way these picks are received is greatly influenced by how much - or how little - predraft coverage is devoted to these prospects by the media. And as you move past the top 30 - 50 prospects, the media starts to know less and less about the actual prospects due to a lack of resources.
  6. Insert 7th Rounder here

    If that's the plan, Jack Allen (C, Mich St) might be a great pickup in the 7th. Josh Norris (rotoworld) rated him as his #45 player overall and gave him a 5.5 grade.
  7. Insert 7th Rounder here

    Let's be honest, Dave is going to draft either: i) a corner (Jalen Mills is likely a corner in the NFL) ii) an LB or RB (because has always has to draft at least one). Mainly just to see the huddle's reaction. Personally, I'm hoping for Cash.
  8. Sign Anquan Boldin

    Good point on Norwell - they may well extend him this year. I don't think Philly will be extended right now, but I know some here really like him. He's improved each year, so if he makes another leap he might turn into a long-term asset. If anything, Kalil's cap hold is going to come down in future years with an extension as he's getting up there in age. I'm with you on adding OT and DE depth / help - I just don't know who is out there that we can sign at this point. But I think Boldin would easily put up 750yrd / 6 TDs in our offense and would pick up tons of clutch first downs. We have $32mm of cap space right now - I think we can definitely make him fit, whether its $3mm or $5mm. It wouldn't be a long term deal but it would provide immediate impact. Think our biggest concern is maintaining flexibility in future years to resign our core. Will be interesting to see - we're gonna spend it somehow.
  9. Sign Anquan Boldin

    What other priorities do we have? We can't possibly sign another defensive back. We are full up at DT. DE doesn't seem to be a priority based on this draft. And I'm sure we are going to draft an LB in the 7th, because we always draft a LB. We have > $20m of cap space. KK is going to get extended, that's certain, but that won't eat up much of this year's cap. Star will be extended next offseason. Maybe I'm missing something, but I think we could easily pay Bolding $4-5mm for one to two years with zero cap concerns. We cut Norman to spend money somewhere...
  10. Sign Anquan Boldin

    Don't care what it takes, get it done. We need a reliable threat out of the slot and he provides that in spades. He's also the reigning NFL man of the year. Getting KB back and adding Boldin will provide the offense with all of the help it needs to repeat as top 5 group. If we make this signing, I can live with spending an entire draft on defense.
  11. Gettleman says BPA philosophy changed this year.

    To further the discussion on the two CBs: The Seahawks have a 32" arm length requirement for their corners. They also heavily utilize SPARQ in analyzing prospects to determine their relative athleticism to other NFL players at their positions. The Seahawks, as I'm sure you've noticed, look for elite athleticism traits in scouting prospects. As the link above shows, Bradberry is the fifth most athletic CB in this draft. In fact, he is more athletic than 92.6% of NFL Corners. He and Jalen Ramsey are the only two CBs in the top five that have > 32" arms. I think it's very safe to assume that the Seahawks had him on their radar. Daryl Worley also has > 32" arms and is a slightly above-average NFL cornerback by SPARQ. The SPARQ database I linked above actually contains his combine results - when his mother claimed he was sick. He improved his 40 time from 4.6 to 4.48 at his pro day - so it's safe to assume he might actually be above the 55% among NFL CBs. Another guy that was probably on Seattle's radar. Further, both Bradberry and Worley seem to be great scheme fits - which is oftentimes much more important than drafting pure talent / athleticism. Worth noting - everyone on this forum seemed to love the idea of Harlan Miller. He has < 31" arms and is in the 4.7 percentile among NFL athletes. I think that pick in the 3rd would have been cheered, because everyone here has heard his name. Seattle fan and blogger Zach Whitman (who is involved with 3 sigma athlete, linked above) was less than thrilled with our picks: Zach Whitman [email protected] 5h 5 hours ago I'm very annoyed by the Panthers taking Bradberry. Zach Whitman [email protected] 4h 4 hours ago Daryl Worley another long corner for Carolina. 80" wingspan and just turned 21. Frankly - it's become clear that the Panthers don't give a damn what any media outlets think about their draft or their board. It's pretty clear to me that they do a ton of their own work (the GM is a scout by trade, after all) and they live and die by the board they assemble. The Seahawks and Patriots are notorious for marching to the beat of their own drum during the draft. It's worked out pretty well for them. And we've been one of the best drafting teams in the league since DG took over.
  12. Gettleman says BPA philosophy changed this year.

    The Seahawks are 100% the team that has the 32" armlength requirement - I've heard it mentioned several times by a few of their more prominent beat writers. I think it's hard to sit here on the outside and say that we reached on these guys. They were clearly very intrigued by Worley - with the DV red flag, if he was a middling talent they just would have just passed on him without doing the due diligence. The fact that the scouts, Ron, Dave, and even JR looked into the kid's background - and the guy spoke to JR before the draft - means we must really like him. Does that mean he is worth a third round pick? I have no idea. But I firmly believe they wouldn't have put all of that time in if they thought he was a 5-7th round talent.
  13. Gettleman says BPA philosophy changed this year.

    Yep - I think that threw our plans into disarray.
  14. Carolina Panthers NFL Draft - Day 2 Predictions

    Shepard is my guy - but Steve Smith he is not. Coleman was the closest I've seen to a Smith-type receiver in years. I think Shepard is a blend of Antonio Brown and Randal Cobb stylistically. He's a very good but not exceptional athlete. At times, his route running is so good he is uncoverable, he doesn't drop balls, and he can generate good YAC. While most of his experience is in the slot, he has the tools to play outside and showed some of that in college.