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This is just the egg or the chicken debate. As long as they fix one of the position.

No, its really not.

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If this is true, under those conditions wouldn't it make more sense to take the OL early (i.e. less of a dropoff waiting on receivers)?

If one of the 5 drop then sure but call me pessimistic but I don't see someone dropping all the way to 28th. I would not be supprised to see us pick CB or TE at 28th because of a fall but scoring a starting OT there would be unreal.

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WR's that can separate also offer protection

 

They can if they get open quickly.  You have a point, but I do think thye can easily have both.  My approach would be to get the OL very early and get a player that can help right away and Protect Cam.

 

Then, you tap the depth of the draft and go after multiple receivers.  The strength of this draft is in its numbers.  Play it that way.

 

We can use three picks on receivers and use less pick value than taking one in the first round.  Use our 3rd, 4th and 5th rounders to load up the roster.

 

3rd - Paul Richardson or Bruce Ellington or Kevin Norwood or BAP at WR

4th - Quincy Enunwa or BAP

5th - L'Damian Washington oe BAP

 

Do that, and our receivers improve significantly and for the long haul.  Not to mention, you did not commit big resources.  This year's draft allows this approach and we have the roster to fill up. 

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Rant Sports:

"To put it bluntly, (Byron) Bell is not an able or skilled offensive lineman....Protecting Cam Newton is something that Carolina really needs to be focused on, and that is not something Bell can reliably provide. He was responsible for a good number of the sacks allowed last year (at RT)

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Now, despite his faults, the Panthers are moving

him to left tackle...A left tackle, besides a quarterback, is perhaps the most valuable position on a football team. Left tackles anchor the line, and allow the offense to run through them. If Bell struggled as a right tackle, there is almost no doubt that he’s going to struggle as a LT.

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(the Panthers) are in need of an adequate replacement (for both OT spots: Bell and the retired Jordan Gross). (These replacements) should realistically come in the NFL Draft , which has a good number of tackles available...the Panthers’ future (at both OT spots) relies on the draft, not a struggling right tackle (Bell) who leaves much to be desired."

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Scouts, Inc./ESPN.com:

"The heart and soul of any good football team is its offensive line. ... Success as an offensive football team hinges on their ability to control the line of scrimmage.

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The single greatest advantage the offensive line has over the defense is that they know when the ball will be snapped and where the play is going. You want your offensive line to explode out together -- like a well-oiled machine."

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Rotoworld 4 days ago:

"Panthers LG Silatolu struggled as a pass protector while making 15 starts as a rookie in 2012 (grading out as a bottom-five guard in Pro Football Focus' ratings). Then he blew out his knee three games into the 2013 season and was lost for the rest of the year. He'll be a question mark for 2014 along with potential left tackle Byron Bell, right tackle Garry Williams and Chris Scott/Nate Chandler at right guard. The Panthers arguably have the worst offensive line in the NFL right now."

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Rotoworld 4 days ago:

"Panthers LG Silatolu struggled as a pass protector while making 15 starts as a rookie in 2012 (grading out as a bottom-five guard in Pro Football Focus' ratings). Then he blew out his knee three games into the 2013 season and was lost for the rest of the year. He'll be a question mark for 2014 along with potential left tackle Byron Bell, right tackle Garry Williams and Chris Scott/Nate Chandler at right guard. The Panthers arguably have the worst offensive line in the NFL right now."

From where I sit we look pretty bad on paper.

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We probably have the worst OL in the league on paper.  We may also have the worst WR corps in the league on paper.  Cam Newton pretty much is our offense as it sits right now.

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We probably have the worst OL in the league on paper.  We may also have the worst WR corps in the league on paper.  Cam Newton pretty much is our offense as it sits right now.

 

well we still have this guy (probably my favorite player on the team)

 

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well we still have this guy (probably my favorite player on the team)

 

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Don't get me wrong, I love Tolbert too, but if you're talking about your offense being a one man show and you have to say, "Hey, wait about this guy!" and we're talking about a fullback, well... that says a lot.

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Don't get me wrong, I love Tolbert too, but if you're talking about your offense being a one man show and you have to say, "Hey, wait about this guy!" and we're talking about a fullback, well... that says a lot.

 

just trying to make you feel a bit better man.

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Well hope he means its a priority over adding depth/replacements at OLB/DE and getting a corner too.

 

Seriously, what do you think Cam's reaction is going to be if we go DE/CB or something the first 2 rounds?  :cam2:

 

Cue the "Newton isn't Gettleman's quarterback" conspiracy theorists if we do.

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