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With Davis injury, where does that leave us next draft?


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#1 OnlyPantherFaninMaine

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 12:37 AM

His injury is devastating, and I fully hope he has a great career, whether with the Panthers or elsewhere.

I feel that our next draft a LB will have to be taken as high as our first draft pick is. I just don't think the linebacking core on our current roster will suffice for the long haul and future of our franchise, though we certainly have one hell of a man (52) to build around. Davis and Beason would have been a force for years to come.

And now I ask you tireless draft analysts and college football fanatics, who are the top LBs in next years draft? Any studs or phenoms that can instantly contribute and seem to have all the tools necessary to excel at the next level? Who can I key in on this college season as a possible long-term terrific outside linebacker in a Panther uniform?

Though highly optimistic about this season, I think our draft pick will be somewhat decent to grab one of the top 5 prospects at this position in the draft. This is all assuming our D-Line exceeds expectations and can be addressed in the 2nd round, while by draft time our LB core is the biggest area of concern.

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 01:48 AM

Oklahoma's Travis Lewis. Start throwing out some names.

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 08:02 AM

Fire Davis. He spends more time off than Morgan did. And no where near as talented.

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 02:25 PM

His injury is devastating, and I fully hope he has a great career, whether with the Panthers or elsewhere.

I feel that our next draft a LB will have to be taken as high as our first draft pick is. I just don't think the linebacking core on our current roster will suffice for the long haul and future of our franchise, though we certainly have one hell of a man (52) to build around. Davis and Beason would have been a force for years to come.

And now I ask you tireless draft analysts and college football fanatics, who are the top LBs in next years draft? Any studs or phenoms that can instantly contribute and seem to have all the tools necessary to excel at the next level? Who can I key in on this college season as a possible long-term terrific outside linebacker in a Panther uniform?

Though highly optimistic about this season, I think our draft pick will be somewhat decent to grab one of the top 5 prospects at this position in the draft. This is all assuming our D-Line exceeds expectations and can be addressed in the 2nd round, while by draft time our LB core is the biggest area of concern.


Oh yes, we will address a lot in the 2nd round

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 03:09 PM

Cb, dt/olb, olb/dt, bpa.

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 04:57 PM

Fire Davis. He spends more time off than Morgan did. And no where near as talented.


What the fug?

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 06:27 PM

What the fug?


Release him!

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 11:17 PM

Fire Davis.


Well I can't disagree with you there, firing Al Davis would be the best thing the Raiders could possibly do.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 01:31 AM

When I look at next year's crop of college LB, the one guy I look at and see a potential superstar is UNC's Bruce Carter. The guy is a freak.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 06:55 AM

The top 3 OLB's in the 2011 draft will likely go in the last half of the 1st round, and here they are (from walterfootball.com and nfldraftscout.com).

Travis Lewis (6-2, 232, 4.50-40), a junior at Oklahoma
Bruce Carter (6-3, 225, 4.55-40), from UNC
Quan Sturdivant (6-2, 232, 4.62-40), from UNC, also a MLB

Unless the Panthers at least almost make the playoffs, it might be a reach to draft a LB in the 1st round.

The Panthers also have 2 other positions that must be addressed in their top 3 picks (1st rd., 3rd rd., and likely another 3rd rd. compensatory draft pick, for losing Peppers). As of now, the only Panther DT's under contract for next season are Corvey Irvin, and Andre Nebblett. The Panthers will also need to draft a CB to replace Richard Marshall if he leaves, as a unrestricted free agent next year.

The best CB value pick for the Panthers will probably be found in the 3rd round, and here are a few (but the first 3 could go in the 2nd round).

Davon House (6-0, 178, 4.44-40) of New Mexico St.
Kendric Burney (5-9, 182, 4.40-40 of UNC
Brandon Hogan (5-10, 191, 4.38-40) of West Virginia
Chykie Brown (6-0, 187, 4.39-40) of Texas

Here are the other top (8) ranked CB's (the top 2. 5th, and 7th are underclassmen), with the top 4-6 likely 1st rounders, and the last 2-4 are likely 2nd round picks.

Patrick Robinson (6-1, 211, 4.47-40) of LSU
Aaron Williams 6-1, 189, 4.44-40) of Texas
Prince Amukamara (6-1, 200, 4.49-40) of Nebraska
Ras I-Dowling (6-2, 200, 4.52-40) of Virginia
Brandon Harris (5-11, 195, 4.41-40) of Miami
Curtis Brown (6-0, 180, 4.37-40) of Texas
Rashad Carmichael (5-11, 186, 4.45-40) of Virginia Tech
Cameron Chism (6-0, 185, 4.44-40) of Maryland

Here are the likely top 7 DT's, and all may be 1st round picks (Dareus, Casey, Crick, and Worthy are all underclassmen).

Marcell Dareus (6-3, 306, 4.90-40) of Alabama
Jurrell Casey (6-1, 295, 5.04-40) of USC
Allen Bailey (6-4, 288, 4.80-40) of Miami
Jared Crick (6-5, 285, 4.88-40) of Nebraska
Jerel Worthy (6-3, 292, 4.99-40) of Michigan St.
Marvin Austin (6-3, 305, 4.88-40) of UNC
Jerrell Powe (6-2, 330, 5.35-40) of Ole Miss

Here are a few good DT's that might be available in the 3rd round (though Jenkins could even go in the late 1st round).

Jarvis Jenkins (6-4, 310, 4.93-40) of Clemson
Kendrick Ellis (6-5, 340, 5.41-40) of Hampton
Drake Nevis (6-1, 292, 5.00-40) of LSU
Stephen Paea (6-1, 285, 5.05-40) of Oregon St.
Adrian Taylor (6-4, 291, 4.98-40) of Oklahoma
Phil Taylor (6-4, 355, 5.50-40) of Baylor
Lawrence Marsh (6-5, 305, 4.91-40) of Florida

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 07:38 PM

Bruce Carter is the only player I would draft with a high pick out of UNC, but I would definitely do it. This guy screams potential

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 07:03 AM

Rob Rang, at nfldraftscout.com tells who NFL teams draft scouts rank as the best player in the coming 2011 draft.

First let me explain how the 2 scouting services used by NFL teams (BLESTO and National Football Scouting) work. The NFL teams pay to be members, and must provide at least 1 draft scout, in return they receive their rankings of the players in the draft. Around half the NFL teams use BLESTO, and the other half use National Football Scouting.

National ranks the top 3 2011 draft prospects as (1) CB-Prince Amukamara, (2) DE-Adrian Clayborn, and (3) OLB-Mark Herzlich, with QB- Jake Locker rated as a late 1st or 2nd round draft pick. However, for people who make their living as draft scouts, their recent track record is shockingly poor. At this time each year, for 3 of the last 4 years, these were their top ranked players, 2010 - DE Greg Hardy (a 6th round pick), 2009 - DE Michael Johnson (a 3rd round pick), and in 2007 - DE Jarvis Moss (a 3rd round pick).

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 04:29 PM

Considering our division I think we'll probably draft a CB or DE/DT. Brees is elite, ryan is emerging, and freeman showed potential.

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 10:03 AM

unless Jamar Williams, Dan Connor, and James Anderson all suck, we won't be drafting a LB, unless it is for depth. AND we MIGHT also consider trading Thomas Davis if Beason does good at WLB, Connor does good at MLB, and Anderson does good at SLB.

...oh yeah, and don't forget about Eric Norwood.

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 03:30 PM

unless Jamar Williams, Dan Connor, and James Anderson all suck, we won't be drafting a LB, unless it is for depth. AND we MIGHT also consider trading Thomas Davis if Beason does good at WLB, Connor does good at MLB, and Anderson does good at SLB.

...oh yeah, and don't forget about Eric Norwood.


I don't really see Norwood stepping into a starting role in this Cover 2 that quickly even at SLB. He's a pass rusher, but not a full time DE so they're going to invent a position to get him on the field, I know we called Davis the "Joker" in certain packages his rookie year when he would roam from the secondary to linebacker. So what will Norwood be called?


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