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  1. Jeremy Igo

    Final Panthers Mock Draft

    Ok folks, one week to go. Much has changed in April, and the draft somehow seems to have gotten even more difficult to predict. I can't remember a draft where such question marks remained at picks 10 and below. Picking a single pick per round seems pointless. As such, I have decided to give you my top 2 picks for rounds 1-3, with a few other possibilities thrown in. Round 1 Andrus Peat - OT - Stanford - At 6'7 330 pounds this hog mollie could anchor the offensive line for years to come. This would put two Stanford tackles on the Panthers roster this year. Landon Collins - S - Bama - Hard hitting run stuffing safety that could make Roman Harper expendable. Collins was my original first round mock selection. He fell off due to wide receivers falling to the Panthers. I think he may be there now. Other possibilities: Shaq Thompson, DJ Humphries Round 2 Preston Smith - DE - Miss St - Panthers liked Smith at the Senior Bowl, and we all know Gettleman loves him some defensive ends. Smith has the frame and the motor to develop with Kony Ealy as a couple of solid defensive ends for the next 5 years. Devin Smith - WR - Ohio State - 27 yards per reception. I repeat, 27 yards per reception at Ohio State. Could be a solid #2 for the Panthers. Would be the second best receiver on the roster day 1 of OTA's. Other possibilities: Cedric Ogbuehi, Jake Fisher, Breshad Perriman Round 3 Devin Funchess - TE/WR - Michigan - Has been buzzing on the huddle lately, and for good reason. Many compare him to Kelvin Benjamin. Having Funchess, Benjamin, and Olsen on the field together would create a lot of opportunities against teams with smaller corners. Justin Hardy - WR - East Carolina - Hardy has impressed every team he has met with, including the Panthers. He may have worked himself up to a 3rd round selection. Skilled player that fills a need. It doesn't hurt that he also brings a built in local fan base. Other Possibilities: Duke Johnson, Jacoby Glenn
  2. Ok folks, one week to go. Much has changed in April, and the draft somehow seems to have gotten even more difficult to predict. I can't remember a draft where such question marks remained at picks 10 and below. Picking a single pick per round seems pointless. As such, I have decided to give you my top 2 picks for rounds 1-3, with a few other possibilities thrown in. Round 1 Andrus Peat - OT - Stanford - At 6'7 330 pounds this hog mollie could anchor the offensive line for years to come. This would put two Stanford tackles on the Panthers roster this year. Landon Collins - S - Bama - Hard hitting run stuffing safety that could make Roman Harper expendable. Collins was my original first round mock selection. He fell off due to wide receivers falling to the Panthers. I think he may be there now. Other possibilities: Shaq Thompson, DJ Humphries Round 2 Preston Smith - DE - Miss St - Panthers liked Smith at the Senior Bowl, and we all know Gettleman loves him some defensive ends. Smith has the frame and the motor to develop with Kony Ealy as a couple of solid defensive ends for the next 5 years. Devin Smith - WR - Ohio State - 27 yards per reception. I repeat, 27 yards per reception at Ohio State. Could be a solid #2 for the Panthers. Would be the second best receiver on the roster day 1 of OTA's. Other possibilities: Cedric Ogbuehi, Jake Fisher, Breshad Perriman Round 3 Devin Funchess - TE/WR - Michigan - Has been buzzing on the huddle lately, and for good reason. Many compare him to Kelvin Benjamin. Having Funchess, Benjamin, and Olsen on the field together would create a lot of opportunities against teams with smaller corners. Justin Hardy - WR - East Carolina - Hardy has impressed every team he has met with, including the Panthers. He may have worked himself up to a 3rd round selection. Skilled player that fills a need. It doesn't hurt that he also brings a built in local fan base. Other Possibilities: Duke Johnson, Jacoby Glenn
  3. http://footballgameplan.com/fbgps-2015-nfl-draft-special-inside-the-war-room-carolina-panthers/ Good morning Panther fans! Here's my inside the war room special for you guys. Enjoy! Em
  4. With the Carolina Panthers owning a total of three picks now in the fifth round of the NFL draft, I figured round five deserves its own mock draft. We know the Panthers can trade only one of these picks, and after last year's draft trade that is very possible. However, for purposes of this mock I will assume the Panthers keep all three. Here are three players I feel would be among the best players available and also fill a need. Justin Hardy - WR - East Carolina 5'10 192lbs Hardy isn't a top receiver in this draft due to his less than stellar measurables, but if we know one thing about Dave Gettleman's drafting it is that he doesn't give a hoot about measurables. Gettleman was able to find gems like Benwikere and Boston last year in the mid rounds because of their slow 40 times. What Hardy can do is run block, run crisp routes, and catch the ball. In short, Hardy is a real football player, which has been common theme in my mocks this season. He has one of the lowest drop percentages in the draft this season, possibly due to his ginormous mits. Austin Sheperd - OT/OG - Alabama 6'4 315lbs I really like this kid the more I look at him, and its not just his beard.... By now you know what I look for in offensive linemen. Big mean guys from legit football programs. Well, Sheperd fits that bill nicely. He isn't a prototype physical specimen, but I don't care. He makes up for it in instincts, timing, and technique. Some have him listed as a tackle but I see him as a solid guard at first. His arms may not be long enough to be a tackle in the NFL. He started every game for Bama at right tackle in 2014, so I am guessing he could be used there in an emergency for the Panthers. Sheperd would immediately give Chris Scott and Amini Silatolu a run for their money at backup guard. Not bad for a late 5th rounder. (#79) Ladarius Gunter - CB - Miami (FL) 6'1 202lbs Big physical corner that teams are coveting now. Gunter gets a lot of comparisons to Josh Norman. Has good size and overall athletic ability. Practices well. Has gotten lost at times in coverages, just as Norman did early in his career. In the late fifth round, this kid would be worth the investment as a future project. Did well at the senior bowl, showed he is teachable. That may have raised his stock from the 6th or 7th rounds to the 5th. Also, has special teams experience. Could replace Josh Norman on the Panther special teams now that Norman is a starting CB. (sorry Heels fans)
  5. Jeremy Igo

    Panthers 3 Round NFL Mock Draft

    <p>Now that free agency has started and major moves have been made around the league, it is time to revise my Carolina Panthers Mock Draft Rounds 1-3. The Panthers have addressed tight end and returner in free agency, so my picks have changed to reflect that.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 1</strong></span></p><p> </p><p><strong>Jaelen Strong - WR - Arizona ST</strong></p><p> </p><p>With all the free agent wide receiver moves around the league, I see less of a demand in the first round for receivers. This may allow Jaelen Strong to fall to the Panthers if he can get by Philadelphia. At 6'2 and 215lbs, strong will remind many Carolina Panthers fans of a guy named Moose. </p><p> </p><p>Like Moose, Strong would fill the number two possession receiver role immediately. He isn't the fastest guy in the draft, but that won't matter. Strong is a football player, uses his hands well against the press and gets open. His 42 inch vertical at the combine was among the best at his position. Can also play the slot if needed. </p><p> </p><p>The combination of Benjamin/Strong would set Cam Newton up for continued success for years to come. </p><p> </p><p><img src="https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/vvQHnaswhh92wxjBg4Myj9rtrAw=/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/2440784/strong.0.gif" alt="strong.0.gif"></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 2</strong></span></p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><b>Jake Fisher - OT - Oregon</b></span></p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Yes, the Panthers signed OT Michael Oher, but I don't believe there is any chance they go into the 2015 season with Oher as the only option at left tackle. </span>Fisher's stock is on the rise since the combine, the Panthers may need to trade up a bit to get him, but it would be worth it. </p><p> </p><p>Fisher isn't the physical stud that the first round tackles are, but he is a true football player. The Ducks offensive line performance decreased drastically without Fisher in the lineup. Throw in the fact that he is accustomed to protecting a mobile QB, and this is a no brainer for the Panthers. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 3 </strong></span></p><p> </p><p><strong>Jacoby Glenn - CB - UCF</strong></p><p> </p><p>With the addition of Glenn the Panthers shore up their corner position for many years to come. Getting Norman, Glenn, and Benwikere on the field together in a nickel package would be a complete nightmare for the NFC South quarterbacks. </p><p> </p><p>Like Norman and Benwikere, Glenn is a ball hawk (7 interceptions in 2014 ). At 6'0 he has the size to compete against the taller receivers in the league. Throw in passion and football smarts and it becomes clear that this kid has a future in this league. </p><p> </p><p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/WNfptYq.gif" alt="WNfptYq.gif"></p><p> </p><p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/3kk5zdH.gif" alt="3kk5zdH.gif"></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
  6. <div>The following is my best guess at what will transpire in rounds 1-3 of the NFL Draft next month as far as the Panthers are concerned. </div><div> </div><div>All three picks are not only the best players available, but also players whose football talents line up perfectly with what the Carolina Panthers do on the field. </div><div> </div><div>So, without further ado... </div><div> </div><div> </div><div> </div><div><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>2015 Panthers Mock Rounds 1-3</strong></span></div><div> </div><div> </div><div><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 1 , Pick 25</strong></span></div><div> </div><div><strong>Landon Collins - S - Alabama</strong></div><div> </div><div>Gettleman practices what he preaches in picking the best player available, but also fills a need. Landon Collins is one of those guys that is projected high but could drop in the first round. He ran a good 40, but other than that had a rather average combine. He won’t drop out of the first round, but he could drop to the mid 20s where the Panthers will select him if available. </div><div> </div><div>Collins is a prototype Ron Rivera strong safety. He punishes runners and has sound tackling technique. He is the best run defense safety in the draft, and as Dave Gettleman always says, you have to first defend the run to be able to rush the passer. </div><div> </div><iframe width="300" height="169" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rrewHLPO1b8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><div> </div><div><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 2, Pick 57</strong></span></div><div> </div><div><strong>Jake Fisher - OT - Oregon</strong></div><div> </div><div>Fisher had arguably helped himself the most at the combine out of all offensive tackles, which will bump him up into the second round. Fisher isn’t the physical stud that the first round tackles are, but he is a true football player. The Ducks offensive line performance decreased drastically without Fisher in the lineup. Throw in the fact that he is accustomed to protecting a mobile QB, and this is a no brainer for the Panthers. </div><div> </div><iframe width="300" height="169" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HPisipQR_gU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><div> </div><div><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 3, Pick 89</strong></span></div><div> </div><div><strong>Nick O’Leary - TE - FSU</strong></div><div> </div><div>If there is one thing Ron Rivera and Mike Shula love, its an H-Back. A guy that can line up as a tight end or fullback opens up plenty of matchups that would be favorable to the Panthers. They tried this with both Ed Dickson and Brandon Williams last season, but had limited success. Nick O’Leary is the best H-Back this year’s draft and a good value in the late 3rd round.</div><div> </div><div>In addition, even though he is not much of a deep threat, he is a reliable receiver with solid hands for Cam Newton to target in mid to short yardage situations. He was a safety outlet for Winston at FSU, he can be one for Newton in Carolina. </div><div> </div><iframe width="300" height="169" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mg2QmmGlGY8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  7. The following is my best guess at what will transpire in rounds 1-3 of the NFL Draft next month as far as the Panthers are concerned. All three picks are not only the best players available, but also players whose football talents line up perfectly with what the Carolina Panthers do on the field. So, without further ado... 2015 Panthers Mock Rounds 1-3 Round 1 , Pick 25 Landon Collins - S - Alabama Gettleman practices what he preaches in picking the best player available, but also fills a need. Landon Collins is one of those guys that is projected high but could drop in the first round. He ran a good 40, but other than that had a rather average combine. He won’t drop out of the first round, but he could drop to the mid 20s where the Panthers will select him if available. Collins is a prototype Ron Rivera strong safety. He punishes runners and has sound tackling technique. He is the best run defense safety in the draft, and as Dave Gettleman always says, you have to first defend the run to be able to rush the passer. Round 2, Pick 57 Jake Fisher - OT - Oregon FIsher had arguably helped himself the most at the combine out of all offensive tackles, which will bump him up into the second round. Fisher isn’t the physical stud that the first round tackles are, but he is a true football player. The Ducks offensive line performance decreased drastically without Fisher in the lineup. Throw in the fact that he is accustomed to protecting a mobile QB, and this is a no brainer for the Panthers. Round 3, Pick 89 Nick O’Leary - TE - FSU If there is one thing Ron Rivera and Mike Shula love, its an H-Back. A guy that can line up as a tight end or fullback opens up plenty of matchups that would be favorable to the Panthers. They tried this with both Ed Dickson and Brandon Williams last season, but had limited success. Nick O’Leary is the best H-Back this year’s draft and a good value in the late 3rd round. In addition, even though he is not much of a deep threat, he is a reliable receiver with solid hands for Cam Newton to target in mid to short yardage situations. He was a safety outlet for Winston at FSU, he can be one for Newton in Carolina.
  8. Until the NFL announces the 2015 compensatory picks during the NFL owners meeting, I will only be mocking the picks the Panthers have at this point without speculating on how many they may have. Hopefully they can pick up at least an additional fifth rounder. Round 4 Tyler Lockett - WR/PR - Kansas ST The Panthers address their long term punt return issues in the 4th round with this selection. Lockett could be the best punt returner in the draft. He could drop to the late 3rd / early 4th due to concerns over his size. The Panthers may need to trade up to grab him. Good college production and a solid combine performance keeps him from dropping further. Would also compete immediately as a slot receiver. Has quick first steps to get separation. Known as a student of the game with high football IQ. Quality route runner. Would love to see him develop chemistry with Cam Newton. This pick could change should Ginn or another free agent punt returner be signed by the Panthers. Round 5 Lynden Trail - DE - Norfolk St Lynden Trail is a raw NFL project with tremendous upside. Dave Gettleman won't be able to pass up this chance to discover a late round starting defensive end for the Panthers. Gettleman has also shown a willingness to take on projects if the physical upside is there. 6'7 and 270 pounds he has the frame to compete at this level eventually as a defensive end but could contribute immediately on special teams. Look for the Panthers to have him put on ten more pounds through their training regimen. This kid is pure athlete, can also play tight end. Long story short, Gettleman won't be able to stop himself from taking Trail late in the 5th.
  9. Until the NFL announces the 2015 compensatory picks during the NFL owners meeting, I will only be mocking the picks the Panthers have at this point without speculating on how many they may have. Hopefully they can pick up at least an additional fifth rounder. Round 4 Tyler Lockett - WR/PR - Kansas ST The Panthers address their long term punt return issues in the 4th round with this selection. Lockett could be the best punt returner in the draft. He could drop to the late 3rd / early 4th due to concerns over his size. The Panthers may need to trade up to grab him. Good college production and a solid combine performance keeps him from dropping further. Would also compete immediately as a slot receiver. Has quick first steps to get separation. Known as a student of the game with high football IQ. Quality route runner. Would love to see him develop chemistry with Cam Newton. This pick could change should Ginn or another free agent punt returner be signed by the Panthers. Round 5 Lynden Trail - DE - Norfolk St Lynden Trail is a raw NFL project with tremendous upside. Dave Gettleman won't be able to pass up this chance to discover a late round starting defensive end for the Panthers. Gettleman has also shown a willingness to take on projects if the physical upside is there. 6'7 and 270 pounds he has the frame to compete at this level eventually as a defensive end but could contribute immediately on special teams. Look for the Panthers to have him put on ten more pounds through their training regimen. This kid is pure athlete, can also play tight end. Long story short, Gettleman won't be able to stop himself from taking Trail late in the 5th.
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