now whether you are on the armanti edwards bandwagon or not, you have to admit that it hurt our draft prospects some this year by trading what happened to be a 33rd pick. Now it could be that edwards turns into what hurney hoped he would..the second coming of smitty. Still..thats close to a first round pick used on a project that you are transitioning from one position to another. an experiment. Thats a pretty risky move. Hindsight..right?
Regardless of which direction the Panthers go in round one they have to make the pick count because they traded their second rounder, which may end up being #33 overall, to New England in a Draft Day deal to acquire Armanti Edwards. The same Armanti Edwards who has yet to catch a single pass this year. Whoops! Decisions like that are a big reason why Carolina is in such an precarious position and the franchise must learn to stop mortgaging the future for instant gratification, which has become all too common place in recent years.
To me there is a bigger issue. It could be argued that in both years that he traded the following year's first rounder away it resulted in success. We got what could be considered an anchor at RT for years (if he can stay healthy.). The next year we got a rotational pass rusher and a really decent 3rd down RB in goodson.
We all know that hurney tried to move up in the draft to acquire clausen, only he couldn't pull off a trade. There are reports that he tried moving up as early as the late first or early second to get him, only there were no takers. I wonder how many of those teams are kicking themselves for not taking that trade now because it probably would have resulted in a first overall pick this year. What was hurney intending on using to trade up for clausen? Based on what he has done the previous two years you would have to believe that it would have been this years first.
Imo, that was too close of a call. Now i'm not of the belief that hurney is a horrible GM, I do think he takes too many risks in the draft with trades and it nearly bit us in the butt. One thing is clear to me, we aren't in win now mode. We are in team building mode. That requires a different mentality than what was used to acquire brown and otah. I hope that hurney saw the mistake that he almost made, or at least morrison and richardson did and they put him on a leash going into the next draft.