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"Expert" Draft Grades: POST EM IF YOU GOT EM

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http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/22160389/draft-grades-dont-like-instant-here-are-grades-like-em-or-not

Prisco at CBS isnt always right, but he is plugged into the scouting community. He is a Kugbila fan based on what he's heard.

Carolina Panthers

Best pick: I like the pick of defensive tackle Kawann Short in the second round. He is a wide body who will help in a big way in the middle.

Questionable move: Taking running back Kenjon Barner in the sixth round. How many runners do they need?

Third-day gem: Fourth-round guard Edmund Kugbila is a player I heard about early in the process; scouts loved his power and strength. He could pay off big.

Analysis: Dave Gettleman, in his first draft with the team, made this a big-man draft. He landed two good defensive tackles in Short and first-round pick Star Lotulelei. Solid start.

Grade: B-

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Kiper hated our draft. There's no reason to degrade us that bad based on what you said. m3mwzh9h.png

Anyone who didn't have OG as a major need for the Panthers either didn't watch many Panthers games or is a complete moron. Kiper likely qualifies as both.

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Third-day gem: Fourth-round guard Edmund Kugbila is a player I heard about early in the process; scouts loved his power and strength. He could pay off big.

It's all media stuff. My sources said the scouts hated him and the coaches loved him.

I've also been told he was 3-5 star recruit (whatever that means) out of high-school has the fastest feet of any guard in the draft and will be starter in 2013.

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What I find hilarious is this: while I think we are overstocked at RB, who the hell is concerned with who you pick up in the middle of the sixth round? If you get a guy there that does nothing but returns punts and kicks, or is a punter or kicker, hell, you've done better than most teams and picked up someone who can contribute!

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Questionable move: Taking running back Kenjon Barner in the sixth round. How many runners do they need?

In response to Prisco's comments, I don't think this means that we think we don't have enough runners, however I think it means the complete opposite. Barner was picked about 2 rounds after he was projected to go and the middle rounds right now are getting teams the best value out of runningbacks in the draft in recent years. If he turns into a decent complementary back, we can easily downsize at the position so we can afford to extend or sign other talented players at more critical positions.

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They are just opinions, nothing more. I like to see how people perceive our decisions though, when compared to other teams. Just another facet of the draft.

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Rob Rang

Like the Falcons, the Panthers identified their biggest area of concern and addressed it. The Panthers erased their biggest need with a "Star" who fell into their lap. Like Luke Kuechly a year ago, Lotulelei will prove an immediate difference-maker. His power could be complemented perfectly by the quickness from Kawann Short, a natural playmaker who fell to the second round only because of questons about his motor. Surrounded by this much talent, however, he could prove more productive than Lotulelei. The Panthers added intriguing talent with their other three picks. Linebacker A.J. Klein, like Short, was an absolute playmaker at Iowa State as was Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, whose first crack at playing time might come as a returner. Guard Edmund Kugbila could surprise, as he possesses intriguing tools. Grade: B

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/blog/rob-rang/22159924/2013-nfl-draft-nfc-south-grades

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Yahoo.com

Carolina Panthers

Picks: Star Lotulelei (Getty Images)DT Star Lotulelei, DT Kawann Short, G Edmund Kugbila, ILB A.J. Klein, RB Kenjon Barner.

Analysis: Given my own size and shape, I should probably like this draft a whole lot more than I do. If you like big men and trench warfare, this is your prototype draft. Really, if you know new Panthers GM Dave Gettleman and his background from with the Giants, this makes perfect sense. It’s not sexy, but it’s functional and necessary. There are still concerns long-term about health maintenance for Lotulelei, but he’s a big-time space-eater. Combine him with Short, and the Panthers will have no problems getting MLB Luke Kuechly free to run all over the field and make tackles. The Panthers' run defense, which has been awful the last two seasons, is now at least respectable. Finally, Barner could be really interesting in open offensive sets.

Grade: C+

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I've read a few reviews who count Revis as the Buc's first round pick. By that logic, shouldn't we get to count Alexander towards this years grade?

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So far the only bad thing that I have read is, Star's heart and that we didn't reach for a need, but isnt that a bad thing?

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I agree with most of the negative grades simply because I disagree with Gettleman's drafting philosophy. I don't completely hate the draft though just because of the first two picks. But in my opinion drafting best player available is a privilege that teams like us can't afford.

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I agree with most of the negative grades simply because I disagree with Gettleman's drafting philosophy. I don't completely hate the draft though just because of the first two picks. But in my opinion drafting best player available is a privilege that teams like us can't afford.

Every player drafted this year fulfilled a need. Every one.

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