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Why the Panthers Do Not Draft A WR Early


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#11 Marguide

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:05 PM

DT is not typically a position with which you can expect much from a rookie. Sign a mid-range vet to play the nose and re-sign Dwan.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:10 PM

I have a feeling we will take the best player available, if its at a position we need.

If the front office feels that none of the potential draftees is worth a 1st round pick, we might sign a free agent wr, if any of substance are available, and if we can somehow clear the cap space.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:10 PM

DT is not typically a position with which you can expect much from a rookie. Sign a mid-range vet to play the nose and re-sign Dwan.

this and i would say the same for RG.

we are in win now mode. we draft guys early that are most likely to be able to step in day one. we fill holes with low cost/solid producer players to one or two year deals. it's easier (not easy, just easier) for a guy to step in as a rookie than an interior lineman.

WR can't be ruled out and just because hurney threw a lot of guys in the WR corps in recent years doesn't mean he found gold in any of them.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:18 PM

If you think you have a lot at one position you more than likely have nothing

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:23 PM

we have as our only legit threat at WR a soon to be 34 year old player who takes some of the hardest hits of anyone in the league and who gets in more scraps with defenders than he probably should and who also has a pretty lengthy injury history that we have been incredibly lucky to avoid for a couple years now.

we are on borrowed time with smitty.

WR is as much a priority as any other needs.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:34 PM

I appreciate the extensive post Maine, but I have to agree with some of the others. WR has been an elephant in the room for far too long and the lack of playmakers has been a big big problem. I'm tired of convincing myself we don't need one or we're fine as is. They help close games and that's one of our biggest problems.

People need to understand you can build from the lines out without having to get a lineman in the 1st. And I agree that having a great line is a great foundation but it doesn't warrant having to take a DL or OL in the first. Add the fact that Gettleman and Rivera have both stated the need for offensive weapons, you have to think one could go and I'm just tired of not having a legit young WR. Its been far far far far too long.

Teams will have certain individuals in mind come draft day first and foremost. I think when people strategize and think about the combo scenarios (position wise) for the first few rounds they forget teams find specific guys who they think would fit and generate a list of who they want on the team.

Its highly probable we'll be looking at the likes of Patterson, Williams, Patton, Hopkins in my opinion and one could very well end up on the team.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:36 PM

Yes, drafting at a posting where we have a 34 year old and a bunch of questions marks is a luxury.

Spot fuging on.


And will not change if we draft a (bust waiting to happen) wr from this years prospect.
No wr this years is considered a sure thing.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:39 PM

DT is not typically a position with which you can expect much from a rookie. Sign a mid-range vet to play the nose and re-sign Dwan.


Neither is Wr unless you see a AJ Green, Julio Jones or Megatron in this class. Which I don't.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:40 PM

If something were to happen to Smith, we'd be done. We'd have one legitimate receiver in LaFell who isn't going to stretch a field, one pretty underwhelming guy in Murphy who is the slowest "burner" I've ever seen, one guy who last played when Clausen was the starter, Pilares who can't ever seem to crack a lineup, Edwards who just doesn't seem like more than a returner, Joe Adams, who is allergic to footballs and a practice squad guy with dreamy measurables. Also Smith, while still an amazing player IS slowing down some.

I don't know if it will be this year, but at some point the franchise will need to bite the bullet and give him some help. Yeah, it sucks that our draft picks at WR mostly haven't panned out, but it needs to happen.



We will still be in the same shape if we draft a wr this year. Losing a player like Smith would hurt any team.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

Still think it's BPA and my money is on O-Line or D-Line. There are some decent WRs in the draft but I don't think we could have one fall to us as i suspect they are all 15+ picks.

I imagine Rivera is salivating over having a DT to slow 'em down before Kuechly brings the hammer.


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