The intent was never to use all nine picks. By acquiring two comps that were untradeable it gave us an opportunity to trade picks if we wanted to.
At some point last year we started nine or so rookies. Folks forget how young this team is, and with all that youth making impacts on the roster, the less we need a glutton of picks. Just no room on the roster.
As was mentioned earlier in the thread, this draft seems to be about acquiring that which we need going forward to compete on a higher level. Needs that we had pointed out on this board all season. A second receiver across from Kelvin, and a Chancellor-esque rover in the defense, among other things. At the end of day, there are still four picks to play with in the rounds that have proven to be in the Panthers wheelhouse recently.
Gettleman even said in the Funchess presser that drafting 9 guys and then signing all of them would have been dicey.
I've made it known I grade draft picks on criteria that differs from most GM's. That being said, I'll comment on these picks based on my infinite wisdom.
Rob Crisp - I'm an A's fan, and my daughter LOVES Coco Crisp, so Rob Crisp is ok in my book. Accepted.
Stefon Diggs - I've always liked the name Stefon, since way back on 'Family Matters', plus iPhone tries to autocorrect it to 'Stefan', and doesn't even red-squiggly underline Stefan as an error, which lends further credence to my theory that even though they now have mixed-race emoji's, iPhone is still hella racist. Accepted.
Ray Drew - When your whole name is short enough to fit on a personalized license plate in California, then we can be friends. Accepted.
John Crockett - Never liked Davey, so this guy unfortunately doesn't make the cut. Denied.
Ronald Martin - I used to play slow pitch softball with a guy named Ronald. He was a crazy good pitcher but wore the same Superman shirt to every game. People started calling him Superman at the ball fields which made me mad because before he ever even arrived I used to always wear a Superman hat, plus I was a better player. Denied.
Cam for MVP will be what they're chanting next year.
Cam has averaged about 20 TD passes and 3500 yards a year in his career. People have an unrealistic expectation of what QB's need to do to win MVP these days so I feel like it's doubtful. But if we can have a sustained offense like his rookie year and he can get 30 TD's, 4000 yards and limit the mistakes, I think he can certainly be in the conversation.
More importantly if he does that with this defense, I think we win 11+ games and take the division again.