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Panthers sign Robert Lester SS Alabama


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#61 LinvilleGorge

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 09:57 PM

As a UDFA, I love the signing. I wish we would've done more to truly address the safety position, but this is a quality UDFA signing.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:06 PM

As a UDFA, I love the signing. I wish we would've done more to truly address the safety position, but this is a quality UDFA signing.


Consider Lester as our 7th round pick.
I think that Lester is just as good as TJ McDonald who was drafted by the Rams in the 3rd round. Consider Lester a luck in UDFA.

I also think Lester is a better safety than DJ Campbell. Def better than NAKA and former Panthers Sherrod Martin.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:12 PM

Consider Lester as our 7th round pick.
I think that Lester is just as good as TJ McDonald who was drafted by the Rams in the 3rd round. Consider Lester a luck in UDFA.

I also think Lester is a better safety than DJ Campbell. Def better than NAKA and former Panthers Sherrod Martin.

Right about the McDonald comparison of talent. I feel much better about signing Lester for nothing than spending a pick on McDonald

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:23 PM

Do like.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:25 PM

This is like a SD.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:26 PM

I like the signing of Lester. I remember him from a few years back and was surprised to see how he had fallen this year.

I will however wait to anoint him the savior of our secondary

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:31 PM

He could honestly make the team. Seriously

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 11:17 PM

Love this signing. My money is on Godfrey, Campbell, Mitchell and Lester being the safeties on our roster come week 1. Sounds a bit like Sherrod Martin in terms of taking bad angles, but if he has the coverage skills to compete with Jones/Colston/Jackson then I'm 100% on board.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 11:20 PM

Love this signing. My money is on Godfrey, Campbell, Mitchell and Lester being the safeties on our roster come week 1. Sounds a bit like Sherrod Martin in terms of taking bad angles, but if he has the coverage skills to compete with Jones/Colston/Jackson then I'm 100% on board.


I say hes a better player than Martin. Smarter player too being coached by Saban.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 11:24 PM

if he sticks to his coverage assignments we should call him lester the molester

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 11:30 PM

I say hes a better player than Martin. Smarter player too being coached by Saban.


I believe it. Can't really argue with his two national championships. Really excited this kid. Mid round talent as an UDFA. Rounds out the draft nicely.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 12:37 AM

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 02:16 AM

STRENGTHS: Possesses a long, lean build well-suited to today's pass-happy NFL. Reads the quarterback's eyes and is a smooth accelerator, showing a burst to close on underneath routes. Times his leaps well in jump-ball situations and extends his arms to make a play at its highest point. Excellent ball skills, including the ability to track the ball over his shoulder, extend to catch away from his frame and the ability to sneak his hands under the ball to corral pass deflections.

Athletic enough to occasionally drop down to cover slot receivers. Has the long arms to re-route receivers and is balanced enough to cover short distances. Reads run quickly and flashes aggression to support. Long, strong arms for the pull-down tackle and occasionally will lower his shoulder for the big hit. Highly respected by coaching staff for his work ethic.

WEAKNESSES: A bit of a 'tweener. May lack the athleticism for deep coverage and the physicality necessary to play well closer to the line of scrimmage. Does not possess ideal hip fluidity and foot quickness to operate as a true centerfielder against an NFL passing attack. Loses a step as he changes directions and does not have great speed to recover.

Does too much grabbing and dragging as an open-field tackler, and when he does attempt to lower the boom has a tendency to duck his head and lunge. Takes questionable angles to the ball, underestimating the speed of ball-carriers and not proving to be a reliable last line of defense.

COMPARES TO: Kerry Rhodes, FS, Arizona Cardinals: Like the 6-3, 212-pound Rhodes, Lester has the size, closing speed and ball skills to develop into a dependable ball-hawk at the next level

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