For those wondering why Kony Ealy was so prized in this draft while Sam not so much, David Newton's latest article gives you a picture of the mindset of Dave Gettleman, who just may covet versatility on his defensive line more than most.
So why was there so much disparity between the players in the draft? For the Panthers, it came down to two things. They viewed Ealy as more valuable because he could play end as well as tackle, because at 6-foot-4 and 273 pounds he was ideally suited to fit into their 4-3 scheme.
Gettleman gave a "shout out" to John Fox as well.
"John Fox taught me this when I was with the Giants," Gettleman said. "One of the biggest mismatches in the game is those very real sudden quick guys inside against the hog mollies [his name for big linemen]. They struggle to get their gloves on them.
"Kony goes in there and he's very comfortable. He played inside against big guys in the SEC and it was never too big for him. Someone made the argument he was just as productive in the three technique as he was inside. That's a huge value. Sam doesn't have that. Sam is more of a 3-4 outside guy."
Ealy is comfortable inside. When I asked him where he was best, he didn't hesitate.
"I'm comfortable anywhere they put me on the defensive line," he said.
This gives you a further understanding as to why G-man couldn't pass on Ealy when the productive DE fell to the 60th pick.
G-man knows what he has in Ealy, Ealy is up to the challenge, and G-man has fairly immediate and high expectations for the rookie.
"He's going to be in the rotation really quick," Gettleman said. "We really vetted him out."