CaliPanthers Final Mock Draft
2 - Damian Williams WR USC 6’1 197lbs
Most polished WR in the draft. Williams is a great route runner, with good hands and solid speed. Able to make defenders miss as well. Should contribute early as either the #2 or slot WR.
3 - Jermaine Cunningham DE Florida 6’4 266lbs
Underrated DE in this years draft. Has the ability to get pressure on the QB and should give the Panthers solid depth at the DE position. Should compete for the backuo RDE position and could see time on passing downs at LDE.
4 - Javier Arenas CB Alabama 5’9 197lbs
Arenas gives the Panthers an explosive returner, something they have lacked the last few years. He also gives the Panthers very good depth at the CB position. Fits well into Meeks Cover 2 system.
6 - (via Oak) - Nate Collins DT Virginia 6’2 290lbs
Underrated DT prospect. Collins came on last year and became a force. Played NT for Virginia 3-4 defense, Collins still posted 70+ tackles on the season. Very good an getting pressure from the interrior of the line. Should be a solid rotational DT with the ability to start in the future.
6 - (comp) - Chris McGaha WR Arizona St. 6’1 201lbs
McGaha possesses incredible hands, deceptive speed with good route running ability. Will be able to contribute from day one as a 3/4th WR and should give the Panthers solid depth at the position. McGaha has huge hands and recently had Lasik eye surgery, which will only improve his vision.
6 - (comp) - Shelley Smith OG Colorado St. 6'3 300lbs
Good run and pass blocker, should be a solid backup with the ability to start in the future. Plays with a mean streak.
7 - Stevenson Sylvester LB Utah 6’2 231lbs
Sylvester is a versatile LB who could play the WILL or MIKE LB position. He will provide great depth and can contribute on special teams on day one.
7 - (comp) - Cody Grimm SS Virginia Tech 5’11 203lbs
Special teams ace. May never become the starting SS for the Panthers, Grimm will be a standout on special teams for years and can contribute from day one.
QB: Matt Moore / Marc Bulger * / Hunter Cantwell
RB: DeAngelo Williams / Jonathan Stewart / Tyrell Sutton / Mike Goodson
FB: Tony Fiammetta
WR: Steve Smith / Damian Williams / Dwayne Jarrett / Chris McGaha
TE: Gary Barnidge / Jeff King / Dante Rosario
LT: Jordan Gross / Garry Williams
LG: Travelle Wharton / Shelley Smith
C: Ryan Kalil / Steve Justice
RG: Mackenzy Bernadeau / Duke Robinson
RT: Jeff Otah / Geoff Schwartz
RDE: Everette Brown / Jermaine Cunningham / Hilee Taylor
LDE: Charles Johnson / Tyler Brayton
NT: Tank Tyler / Louis Leonard
UT: Ed Johnson / Nate Collins / Corvey Irvin
SOLB: Dan Connor / Mortty Ivy
MLB: Jon Beason / Stevenson Sylvester
WOLB: Thomas Davis / James Anderson
CB: Chris Gamble / Javier Arenas / CJ Wilson
CB: Richard Marshall / Captain Munnerlyn
FS: Charles Godfrey / Sherrod Martin
SS: Chris Harris / Cody Grimm
SPECIAL TEAMS (3)
K: John Kasey
P: Jason Baker
LS: J.J. Jansen
KR: Javier Arenas / Mike Goodson
PR: Javier Arenas / Captain Munnerlyn
* Sign Marc Bulger
* Special Teams will get a huge boost with the additions of Javier Arenas (returner), Cody Grimm (coverage) AJ Edds (coverage) and Stevenson Sylvester (coverage).
* Bring new life to the WR position with Damian Williams and Chris McGaha. Would still have the ability to work Mike Goodson in at WR as well.
* Added great depth throughout the roster, which makes the Panthers an even deeper team.
* Felt like brining in some more LB depth was more important than adding more depth to an already deep OL. I think the Panthers can pick up a few UDFA OL who can be placed on the practice squad (Chris Campbell OT Eastern Illinois - Chris Scott OG Tennessee)
* CB is not a huge need but Arenas impact in the return game is worth the 4rd round selection plus the depth he will bring the CB position.
*QB is a position the Panthers will probably address but I’m not in favor of it. My thinking is, we already have a developmental QB in Hunter Cantwell, so brining in a late round QB is not needed. Give Matt Moore a full year to see what he can do, sign a veteran QB to back him up (Marc Bulger) and evaluate the QB position next offseason. Next year we will have a 1st round pick and the QB class has a chance to be special with Jake Locker, Ryan Mallet, Christian Ponder and possibly Andrew Luck (red shirt Soph) and Blaine Gabbert (Junior).