We got a QB that was expected to make ~ 20m guaranteed in the second round. Just comparing the first 50 picks on paper, it seems like we got a top 15 player for a mid second rounder. Not sure who else in the league got that.
LaFell has the posession receivers body, and I do like it that his presence immediately threatens to expose Jarrett once and for all.
Ever since his amazing App State performance when knocked 5th ranked Michigan State out of the ranks IN THEIR OWN HOUSE, Armanti Edwards has been a Carolinian hero. That game was no fluke or miracle either, the Mountaineers led Michigan for most of the game. I do believe that Edwards' local fame will bring in some new ticket sales.
But I'm just not seeing Fox use him in either Wild Cat or other trick plays. Maybe its just been too long since the team has had that kind of fun on the field. Fans want to see it though. Edwards is another tweener with a heart of gold, and it will take some fresh new plays in the book to keep him from being irrelevant. Here's to hoping that Davidson has some untapped or previously unseen inspiration for strategy.
The outside LB from South Carolina is solid, but couldn't we have taken a defensive tackle with that pick? I'll defaul to the coaches know best, since they knew what was on the board.
The Pike pick deserves more accolades. He is a huge value in the 6th round. Once teams got past the top 4 picks, Pike was probably at the top of the next tier of QB. And The Golden Calf of Bristol, taken in the first round, has never been as accurate as Pike
, for the record.
We took multiple picks for QB,WR, and DB. But I'm only feeling confident that we've shored up the QB. WR and DB are still question marks in my opinion. WR especially, unless you figure that we've going to keep on with the 2 TE packages. We have the depth, but we need more ways to threaten people with it. More TE pass plays, Davidson.
And, I'm still worried about the DT position, but I suppose all the old exhaustive way is out: clogging up the center, forcing an outside run or a salvage pass with the new defensive coordinator making his impression felt.
The Panthers seem
to be moving to a lighter and speedier defense, which I assume will be designed to get pressure more quickly and force bad throws and turnovers. That's the way Indi took their tweeners to the big dance. And if defensive speed is the angle, then it also means though that Fox is abandoning the flustering time-control game that got us to the Superbowl.
I'm not sure Fox knows what to do with a defense that doesn't have Julius Peppers in it. Maybe that's part of a bigger point.
Edited by Darth Bobo, 26 April 2010 - 03:48 PM.