Lafell is a big jump ball/possession guy. We need another guy with game breaking speed, we have 1 and he's getting older. Also I hate when guys say "he's a beast, but you can't take him there. Now if it was 10 picks later, great." That is retarded. The Panthers Board could be totally different then yours or Kiper's. If he's the right player and you get a Desean Jackson(without the headcase sh$t) then that is worth a high pick. Predicting trading back is impossible(you need a partner). If he's your guy(whether it's Tavon or whoever) you take him.
Actually it isn't...
If the player you really want isn't there at 14, then you entertain offers to slide down and get more value out of the pick than taking your next best option who might be there where you trade down to anyways.
None of us know the Panthers board... All we can do is come to our own conclusions by putting ourselves in their shoes. I'd be willing to bet the Panthers board has at least 14 people ahead of Tavon Austin, spanning an entire team's worth of positions.
I get your point that you take a beast when you have the chance, but there are very few sure things in any draft. The key is to come away with the most value you can out of every pick. Look at what the Patriots do every year through the draft. They RARELY take a "reach" pick and if they aren't happy with their options at a certain point, they'll move up or down accordingly. Not only that, but they stockpile good draft picks before hand to allow them to make such moves.