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Bwood's Final Mock Draft till the Combine.

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First..I wouldn't be surprised at all if Amerson was there in the 2nd round (he's an ideal skillset for FS). Secondly..Matt Elam can't play FS? The guy is 5'10'' 202, ran a 4.42 forty, and plays against SEC receivers every week. What aspect of his game have you seen that makes you think he can't play free safety?

You know it's not that he can't play free safety, it's that I want to draft a guy that has been in that spot while in college. Elam is very versatile and athletic, don't get me wrong, I think that will eventually bump him into the first round. Lester is the guy I have no confidence in succeeding at the next level.

Amerson very well could be a solid FS at the next level, but once again the position change makes me uncomfortable. I think Amerson will be a late first round pick no doubt though.

Call me crazy but I really dislike this years safety class, though there are some really intriguing prospects in the later rounds that could be dimes after playing a couple seasons as back up.

Ty Zimmerman and Zeke Motta (both white DB'S lol) are the kind of guys I want playing safety for us, both guys can be had in the 4th or 5th round.

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Also, signing Jairus Byrd is very possible. Him and Jonathon Stewart are huge friends, it's very possibly that Stewart helps make a push to get Byrd down here.

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I would love Byrd...

Put yourself in Stewarts shoes though, bringing in your college buddy, but most likely cutting his best friend since his rookie year (deangelo).

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I don't mind the draft, especially if we can sign Byrd, but I couldn't disagree with your opinion about DTs more. DT is a big money, important position and to get a GOOD FA, we'd have to spend a lot of money. DT is like QB, LT, DE in that it's better to draft your own talent than trying to buy it because you almost never get what you pay for when trying to bring in long term talent. And I'm sick as hell of bringing in bottom tier scrub DTs, D. Edwards being the closest thing to an exception (yes, I really like him but he's not a long term solution.)

You might get what you pay for if you don't overpay as Carolina always does. I think you get a free agent DT because they are less likely to bust. A guy like Alan branch would be a perfect 4-5 yr solution.

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The problem with the names you mentioned as FS candidates is that the only ones you named that will be available are Elam and Lester.

Both of those guys are strong safeties and would not translate well moving to free safety.

I have a feeling we will score on someone in free agency like we did with Dwan Edwards, except at safety.

We will not be bringing in many big name guys, trust me.

Lester is a natural free safety and is only playing strong safety because Barron went to the pros

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Love the mock, bwood. CP84 is a monster and simply needs some polishing at the pro level to turn into an absolute stud. Hopefully he's still there in the 2nd round. Oh and I think he goes pro because there are rumors of grade problems...

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