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I had an expanded version but unable to post due to length

CaliPanthers 2010 Carolina Panther Mock Offseason

Let Walk:

Julius Peppers**

Muhsin Muhammad

Tyler Brayton

Keydrick Vincent

Dante Wesley

Hollis Thomas

Josh McCown

AJ Feeley

**NOTE** Letting Peppers walk for nothing will NOT cripple this Franchise, its too strong. The Panthers need to move on from Peppers. Not because he isn’t a great player but because of the price tag, its too costly for the franchise to tie that type of money (21.8 M) into one player for one year, uncapped year or not.

Re-Sign:

Thomas Davis ( 5 year deal )

Matt Moore ( 3 year deal )

Restructure:

Jake Delhomme ( re-work to front load contract this year)

Cut:

Maake Kemoeatu

Damione Lewis

Tender RFA:

Richard Marshall

Tank Tyler

Louis Leonard

Jeff King

James Anderson

Quinton Teal

Kenneth Moore

CJ Wilson

Rob Petitti

Rhys Lloyd

Free Agent Signings:

* Aaron Kampman 6’4 265lbs 30 years old (3 year deal)

The signing of Aaron Kampman gives the Panthers a replacement for Peppers at a far less price. Kampman made the move to OLB last year but didn’t play up to his capabilities and is coming off an ACL injury. A move back to his natural position at DE should help Kampman get back on track. He is a high character player, with a great motor and should fit in great with the Panthers defense.

* Nate Burleson 6’0 198lbs 28 years old (3 year deal)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPNqnLoJfPQ - Highlights

Nate Burleson gives the Panthers a playmaking wide receiver opposite of Steve Smith. Burleson is a tough wide receiver, he is not afraid to go across the middle and will fight for extra yardage after the catch. He has good speed and has the ability to make defenders miss. Burleson is a very good punt and kick returner as well, bringing great versatility.

Major Re-Signings for the future:

DeAngelo Williams

Jon Beason

Ryan Kalil

Richard Marshall ( Possibly)

2010 NFL Draft

2nd round - Tyson Alualu- DT California- 6’2 291lbs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7vF1UWBlNU - Highlights vs. USC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sru8xav0kPI - Senior Bowl practice Highlights

- Senior Bowl Highlights

* Alualu stepped into the rotation as a true freshman, playing in every game, earning his first start and finishing with 16 tackles on the year.

* Quick, strong and passionate, Alualu's production is even more impressive considering he played defensive end in the 3-4 alignment -- a position typically defined as a block-consuming, role-playing spot more than a stat-producing position. Scouts believe Alualu's numbers would be even more impressive if he were playing in a 4-3 defense. He appears better suited to be a "three technique" defensive tackle.

* Had Alualu played in the Big Ten or SEC, more would know his name. Considering the impressive career he had at California, don't expect scouts to forget to include him among the Top 50 selections come April.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/559518 - Profile

3rd round - Jacoby Ford- WR Clemson- 5’9 181lbs

- Highlights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp4_19YsG2A&fea ture=related - Highlights

* Has the physical tools to develop into a better pro than collegiate receiver. Well-built athlete with a football player's physique -- as opposed to that of a track star -- who shows the willingness to run through traffic. Experienced return specialist with two career kickoff return touchdowns.

* Due to his dynamic speed, Ford is often miscast as merely a deep threat. He showed improved toughness across the middle and attention to detail as a route-runner in 2009, emerging for the first time in his career as Clemson's leading receiver. His 56 receptions for 779 yards and six touchdowns earned him second-team all-ACC honors.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1114251 - Profile

* Clemson WR Jacoby Ford clearly has established himself as the most polished receiver on the North roster. He runs precise routes and shows the acceleration to separate out of cuts. We also were impressed with his ability to escape jams, using his quickness to get cornerbacks to open their hips early.

http://www.sportingnews.com/college-football/artic le/2010-01-27/senior-bowl-dish-ford-setting-himsel f-apart-brown-looking-strong - Sporting News breakdown of the Senior Bowl

4th round - Darrell Stuckey- SS Kansas- 6’0 207lbs

- Highlights against Missouri

* Run Support: Quickly fills holes against the run when used around the line of scrimmage. Flies through the line on stretch plays and around the tackle to get a hand on backs trying to find a lane. Usually around the pile to clean up tackles or push ball carriers back to prevent the extra yard. Typically runs around blocks to the ball, but will throw his body into a lineman to stuff a gap.

* Intangibles: Excellent character and work ethic. Sets and leads the defense on the field and contributes to the community away from it. Will be a special teams leader on coverage and return units.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/567087 - Profile

6th round (via Oak) - Walter Thurmond- CB Oregon- 5’11 182lbs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atcMnboyRcs - INT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erVnQ8kMiBg - Punt return

* Man Coverage: Low and fast coming out of his stance. Quick feet and re-directs easily and closes on the ball with a burst. Relies too much on his athleticism in coverage. Marginal punch in press coverage and too often allows receivers into their route for a corner of his size and long arms.

* Zone Coverage: Lanky, athletic cornerback with the size, footwork and speed to fit any defensive scheme. Has primarily played in straight man coverage schemes. Understands his responsibilities and reads the quarterback's eyes to make plays on the ball.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1244404

6th round ( compensatory) - Kevin Basped- DE Nevada- 6’5 240lbs

ture=related - Highlights vs. Notre Dame (#99)

* One on one with the tackle, he has the ability to use a strong speed rush, but has the strength to use a bull rush or swim moves to get to the inside.

* With all of this, he still remains very unpolished and will require some coaching to reach his full potential.

http://www.bigcatcountry.com/2010/1/20/1261040/201 0-scouting-report-kevin-basped?ref=CBS - Scouting Report

7th round - Reggie Carter - LB UCLA- 5’11 238lbs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOkBlOiMKnI - Interview

* Read & React: Among his best attributes. Good key and diagnosis skills, though he can be beaten by good play-action. Good gap-disciplined defender who trusts his teammates to be the same.

* Tackling: Arguably his most impressive skill. Reliable open-field tackler. Arrives with a thud, showing good explosiveness through his hips to explode into the ball carrier.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/559611 - Profile

7th round ( compensatory) - Caz Piurowski - TE Florida St. - 6’7 271lbs

- Highlight

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1116558 - Profile

Un-draft Free Agent Pickups:

Ekom Udofia - DT Stanford- 6’1 326lbs

Dimitri Nance - RB Arizona St. - 5’10 220lbs

James Williams - OG/OT Harvard - 6’5 298lbs

Carlos Singleton - WR Memphis - 6’7 230lbs

Notable Training Camp Cuts:

Kenneth Moore

Quinton Teal

Nick Hayden

Derek Landri

Steve Justice

Rob Petitti

C.J. Davis (sign to Practice Squad)

Dexter Jackson

Practice Squad:

C.J. Davis - OG/OC Pittsburgh - 6’2 308lbs ( 2nd year player)

Reggie Carter - LB UCLA - (Rookie Draft pick)

Caz Piurowski - TE Florida St. - (Rookie Draft pick)

Ekom Udofia - DT Stanford - 6’1 326lbs (Rookie Free Agent)

Dimitri Nance - RB Arizona St. - 5’10 220lbs (Rookie Free Agent)

James Williams - OG/OT Harvard - 6’5 298lbs (Rookie Free Agent)

Carlos Singleton - WR Memphis - 6’7 230lbs (Rookie Free Agent)

2010 Depth Chart

OFFENSE (24)

QB: Matt Moore / Jake Delhomme / Hunter Cantwell

RB: DeAngelo Williams / Jonathan Stewart / Tyrell Sutton / Mike Goodson

FB: Brad Hoover / Tony Fiammetta

WR: Steve Smith / Nate Burleson / Jacoby Ford / Dwayne Jarrett

TE: Gary Barnidge / Jeff King / Dante Rosario

LT: Jordan Gross / Garry Williams

LG: Travelle Wharton

C: Ryan Kalil

RG: Mackenzy Bernadeau (OG/OC) / Duke Robinson

RT: Jeff Otah / Geoff Schwartz

DEFENSE (25)

RDE: Aaron Kampman / Everette Brown / Kevin Basped

LDE: Charles Johnson / Hilee Taylor

NT: Tank Tyler / Louis Leonard

UT: Tyson Alualu / Ed Johnson / Corvey Irvin

SOLB: Na’il Diggs / Landon Johnson

MLB: Jon Beason / Dan Connor

WOLB: Thomas Davis / James Anderson

CB: Chris Gamble / Walter Thurmond / CJ Wilson

CB: Richard Marshall / Captain Munnerlyn

FS: Charles Godfrey / Sherrod Martin

SS: Chris Harris / Darrell Stuckey

SPECIAL TEAMS (4)

K: John Kasey

P: Jason Baker

KOS: Rhys Lloyd

LS: J.J. Jansen

PR: Nate Burleson / Jacoby Ford / Captain Munnerlyn

KR: Jacoby Ford / Mike Goodson / Walter Thurmond

Acquired via Free AgencyAcquired via Draft

I wanted to put this up before the combine started and before too many offseason moves had already been made.

As always, thoughts and criticisms are always wanted. Thank You.

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I agree with a lot, here are some comments:

Tyler Brayton - I'd sign him to a cheap deal to keep him around. He's not a great player, just average BUT he is consistent and always plays hard. I like him and hope he sticks around.

Moose - I hope he is kept around, his speed might not be stellar but his route running and catching ability is still there. I do however want to draft a receiver with our highest pick, Moose would make a great mentor since we're likely going to be drafting a WR.

I like resigning Davis/Moore, but wouldn't mind seeing Marshall signed long term too rather than the tender. He's got a lot of potential and would hate to see him leave next year. We could probably sign Tank Tyler/Jeff King to cheap short term deals too.

Aaron Kampman signing, couldn't agree more. Has a hell of a motor and wants to be a DE again.

Will post more thoughts on the FA signings/draft later.

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wow the Bucs are suppose to be trading their 3rd overall+3rd round pick and a back up QB Johnson for the 1st pick. that is a big steal for the Rams.

anyways, I don't know about drafting a DT in the 2nd since we're stacked for now, I say a WR or DE.

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I also think we should keep Brayton. He's been solid against the run and is a decent pass rusher up the middle. Also, he's consistent and will come cheap.

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I want to keep Wesley, he's a special teams ace and Meeks play thing. I also want us keep Brayton and Moose. We should only let Kemo go if we know he's done for I think/and/or costs too much.

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CaliPanthers for GM!

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We really need to keep Dante Wesley. Our STs are horrible, we need to add more STs players, not lose one of the few good ones we have.

Losing both Brayton and Peppers would be a bad idea too. Kampman's not going to do near enough to fill the hole of losing both of them.

And Burleson is mediocre at best.

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I thought Burleson was injury prone?

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not enough o-line depth. I'm really hoping they keep Steve Justice around.

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I would hate to see Peppers walk, but looking at the big picture, we could lock up more of our core players with that money Peppers is going to demand. Pep is my fav player, but I'm a Panthers fan first.

Anyways, we have to keep Wesley and Brayton. I'd also like to resign Hollis Thomas, and I hope they dont cut K.Moore.

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Out of all the FA WR's you think we would select Nate Burleson? I would rather have:

Antonio Bryant (only 29)

Kevin Walter

Vincent Jackson

Miles Austin

Brandon Marshall

Braylin Edwards

Malcom Floyd

Steve Breaston

Lance Moore

Mark Clayton

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not enough o-line depth. I'm really hoping they keep Steve Justice around.

Wait, was he really on the team? I always throw him on my Madden 10 franchise team...

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