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The 2013 NFL Draft: Carolina WR Smokescreen

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Two things:

1) I believe we would've taken Tavon Austin of any other player had he been there when we picked.

2) I believe we were trying to trade back before we realized that Star was going to be there at 14.

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Gettleman strengthened our biggest hole which was DT.

If he drafted a WR, does he:

a) Draft a WR to replace Steve Smith?

b ) Draft a WR to be a #3-#4?

a) couldn't be accomplished with this draft and why would you draft another player #3-#4 receiver on a team with so many already?

The most important thing about this draft is that it gives us a reason to go with a premier WR in the first round in 2014.

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Two things:

1) I believe we would've taken Tavon Austin of any other player had he been there when we picked.

2) I believe we were trying to trade back before we realized that Star was going to be there at 14.

Maybe yes to #1

No to #2. There were 3 players we wanted when Tennessee picked. Gettleman said as much, after that Gettleman told people handling the phones to tell them they were not interested. I don't think we had any desire to trade back at all.

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This draft wuz a trench draft, it is gonna make next years draft that much more exciting because i could see a run on skill positions.. CB, S, WR. We are gonna load up if nobody shows anything this year.

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Everyone got all worked up because we looked at so many WR's, and many on here were adamant that we were going to take one in either the first or second round. But as I said in a couple of threads leading up to the draft, almost all of the top WR's were evaluated before we signed Hixon.

Once we signed him, it was obvious to me that the team didn't like any of them enough to take early. My guess is that they saw a bunch of #2's and no #1 receivers, and we already have a young one of those that the team has made clear they like.

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They didn't work out all those WR's just to fool other general managers and look cool. Clearly none impressed them enough to draft high. I'm fine not drafting one this year. We cannot fail to address it next year though, I am tired of just casually taking Smitty for granted. The clock is running out, and has been for quite some time now.

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Or they could like the WR they have and want to see them perform in a better scheme.

Why did we workout and meet with tons of wide receivers throughout this whole process and not draft one? Was it all just one massive smokescreen? I figured by working out that many at least one would have been drafted by us. Did the cards just fall a different way where it didn't make sense?

Personally I am quite surprised we passed on Patton in the 5th round.

Panthers realized finding an eventual replacement for Smitty can't be done.

At least in this draft.

It was a case of both bpa and this being a lackluster wr class. If Hunter was there in the 2nd, he would be ours but that's about the only realistic wideout in retrospect that I could have seen us getting.

I believe we probably didn't draft a WR because all of the above, or at least some of those elements. I absolutely believe that we worked out so many WRs because Smitty, Cam, and the entire offense would benefit from a legitimate playmaker---a big play TD scorer. So, the smokescreen stuff is basically ridiculous. I also believe that Star was the no-brainer pick. We would have picked him over anyone. Since he fell into our lap, the other WRs that we were truly interested in----Austin, Hopkins and Patterson---were as good as gone once the 44th pick came around. After that point it just came down to taking who they perceived as the BPA in fitting with our perceived needs. K.K. was definitely a value at the 44th, especially considering Rivera's rationale as to the motor issue. I thought that we may have pulled the trigger on Keenan Allen, but they believed Short would provide more of an immediate impact, and you can't really argue with that. Moreover, when they looked at Allen, they probably figured that his upside wasn't that much different than what we already have, and he certainly didn't rise to the level of the Smitty heir apparent. Like me, they probably didn't see a true heir apparent for 89 in this draft, and once the top three WRs were gone, those that had the possibility of not necessarily replacing Smitty, but at least being that "yang" player to Smitty's "yen", the possibility of us drafting one of the other receivers dropped exponentially. I mean, why draft more question marks when you have so many on the roster, furthermore you can sign all the question marks at WR that you want to after the draft.

On an off note, the only thing that I personally just didn't understand is why they would draft another LB when Rambo was there for the taking, but that's just me (and I am a bulldog).

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