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What if Mel Kiper was GM of the Panthers? Three Round Mock

Yesterday, 08:46 PM


In this one, I'm the general manager ... for every team. This isn't me
projecting picks, this is me making them, for three full rounds,
based on what's best for each team at that slot.
Round 1 (25) OT Andrus Peat, Stanford
Round 2 (57) WR Sammie Coates, Auburn
Round 3 (89) S James Sample, Louisville
Analysis: Tackle was the No. 1 priority. I know we've made some offseason moves to at least attempt to shore up what was a devastating weakness last year, but I came into this pretty much resigned to targeting the best pass-blocking tackle available. We could do a lot worse than Peat, who will need to continue to make strides, but at least has the upside of a true NFL left tackle, with a great frame and a wide base, as well as the ability to process information and make adjustments. He's also really good as a run-blocker. Coates is a bit of a wild card, an extraordinary athlete who can run past defenders and will make some contested catches, but he'll also drop some easy ones and drive coaches crazy. That said, we took a shot on Kelvin Benjamin last year in Round 1, and while we certainly suffered through some issues in route running and concentration with bringing the ball in, we also got some big plays. Coates brings talent, but no promises. That said, our depth chart at wide receiver demands we take a shot. Sample gives us a player who can compete for a starting role at safety, where we're merely OK. This draft is, again, about helping Cam Newton first."

Panthers draft hat has been unveiled:

Yesterday, 05:27 PM

This hat will be worn by whomever the Panthers select at No. 25 on April 30 on the first night of the draft in Chicago.
logo is made from reflective liquid metal material
under the bill is the Charlotte skyline with the word CAROLINA




Proehl drops a bunch of nuggets on WFNZ 610 AM The Fan (link and summary)

Yesterday, 03:29 PM

you can listen to the 20 minute interview here:

nuggets from Proehl:

"I've been all over the country looking for another wide out"
later: "I'm out on the road looking for that #2 guy ... a lot of the guys we have will compete ... hopefully we add another one"
later: "I've been everywhere you can imagine looking for a wide out"

This WR class "may be deeper than last year...may be as deep as last year"
later: "there's some really good ones ... depending on how the draft goes - you never know - there should be a good one to pick from"

on what he's looking for: as a guy without great measurables himself he doesn't get too much into "size, speed, catch radius, arm length and hand size...I knew ball...i just want a guy who is smart and willing to learn...that makes plays...a ball player...i just want a guy who will be productive"

"these guys out of college might be proficient at 3-4 routes...we have 40-50 routes on our route tree...15 variations of a post...you see so many more coverages in the NFL...disguising coverages...need to be able to do your pre-snap read and understand changing your route on the fly"

trying to coach our guys to be "the best route runners in the league...we work Mon through Fri...work everyday"

if Amari Cooper was there at #25 he would be "hootin and hollerin...beating my chest so hard"

on our guys:

Kelvin Benjamin - "love how he's a coachable kid...he can get so much better...he's disappointed in himself for all the drops and the plays he left out there...you coach him then encourage him...coach him to focus 100 percent of the time"

Cotchery - "If I have a man crush on someone it is Jericho Cotchery. ... leadership. ... ultimate pro ... can't say enough about guys like him." Compared him to TD, Luke and Roman Harper for the leadership they bring and the locker room they create

Bersin - "can't say enough about the job he did...one of the smartest - if not the smartest - guy in the room...Cam has unbelievable confidence in him...Peyton Manning would love to have a guy like Bersin...he's going to play a long time and have a good career"

Philly Brown - "fortunate to get him as free agent ... going to be a better player this year"

Stephen Hill - "I can't say enough about this kid...he has done nothing but work his tail off...some of these high draft picks-to-practice squad guys have a poor attitude but not Hill...he's done nothing but work hard and learn our offense... I can’t wait to get my hands on him this spring and in the offseason so as to showcase what he can do. This will be a big spring for him."

Boykin - mentioned him but said nothing about him which is understandable because he hasn't coached him yet

Ted Ginn - "getting him back is huge as a punt returner"
later: "everyone wanted to hang Bersin but he's the best we had...Philly struggled too...fortunately we got Ginn back"

Jamil Douglas OT Arizona State

16 April 2015 - 11:47 AM

we've met with him:

NFL.com Chase Goodbread @ ChaseGoodbread
Feb 18
#NFL clubs that have already informally interviewed ASU OL
Jamil Douglas : #Packers #Ravens #Lions #Browns #Chiefs
#Patriots #Panthers

1st Team All-Pac Left Tackle last season, whick is decided by a vote of the Pac-12 Head Coaches

started every game for last 3 seasons straight (40 consecutive starts), including all 13 games last season at left tackle

his OL coach:
"He's a guy that has got unbelievable ability," Connelly said. "He's very, very athletic. He's long. He's exactly what you're looking for at that tackle position."

coming into the 2014 season:
-NFL.com named him to their list of the 14 "Most freakish athletes in college football," writing:
"Douglas is legendary in ASU's weight room, with a power clean of 385 pounds, a bench press of 430 and a squat of 565. He has gained 40 pounds since arriving at ASU, but his body-fat percentage is in the low teens. In addition, Douglas runs the 40 in under 5.0 seconds."

-and FOX Sports named him #16 on their list of the Top 20 'Freaks' in college football for '14"

The Arizona Republic:
NFL.com recently published its "Most freakish athletes in college football" list, a part of their 14 for '14 series. Included: Arizona State's Jamil Douglas ...
I contacted Shawn Griswold , ASU's head coach of sports performance, and asked about Douglas. He didn't hold back.
"Jamil is a 303-pound guy and with his shirt off he looks like he's 265,'' Griswold said. "And he's so big, so long, so lean, but what's impressive is the things he does with those strength numbers. To clean 385 and be that tall, that's hard to do. The only other guy I've ever seen do that – and I wasn't his coach, he was at the University of Utah when I was at Utah State – was Jordan Gross, and he was a Top 10 draft pick and played (in the NFL) forever. And for Jamil, to bench 430 with those long arms, that's a long way to press a weight."
When Griswold arrived with the new coaching staff in 2011, Douglas weighed 284 pounds. He since has put on nearly 20 pounds, but his body fat is actually lower at 19.98 percent. In addition, Douglas' power clean has jumped from 295 to 385 , joining former ASU linebacker Carl Bradford as the only players Griswold has coached to put up such a number. Douglas' back squat has increased from 433 to 566 pounds.
"He's one of our best squatters," Griswold said. "That's impressive for a big guy to be able to get down as deep as we make them squat, and to get to the next level you got to be able to bend."

My Colts Account @ MyColtsAccount
Mar 19
Jamil Douglas (Arizona St, 6'4", 300lbs) may now be my favourite OL prospect. Excellent build + strength, versatile, short-area speed.

Joshua Pantoja @ joshuapantoja58
Mar 11
I'm loving the thought of the #Chiefs drafting Jamil Douglas .
We can really use him.

DAVIS HSU @ DavisHsuSeattle
Feb 24
Best OL 10 yard splits at Combine: Marpet 1.74, Fisher 1.75,
Chaz Green 1.75, Daryl Williams 1.75, Jamil Douglas 1.75

Boston Sports Fan @ NESportsFan1106
Feb 22
Patriots have interviewed: Arizona State OT/OG Jamil Douglas

Massachusetts paper:
"There is little doubt the Patriots will draft an offensive lineman in May ... Arizona State's Jamil Douglas fits the bill. Douglas, considered a mid-round prospect, confirmed Wednesday that he has met with the Patriots. He could be an option for the Pats in the middle rounds if they opt to address positions other than offensive line with their first few picks."

hardcountscouting.com Mitch Fairchild @ HardCountScout
Feb 20
I am going to watch some more tape of Arizona State G Jamil
Douglas . He has jumped out at the #Combine

draftbreakdown.com Luke Easterling @ LukeEasterling
Feb 18
More guys I seem to have higher than many: Za'Darius Smith, Jamil Douglas , Josh Harper, Tony Lippett, Josh Shaw, Ladarius Gunter, Eric Rowe

draftbreakdown.com Luke Easterling @ LukeEasterling
Feb 3
ASU's Jamil Douglas . Can play both G or T, looked great in Mobile.

draftbreakdown.com Luke Easterling @ LukeEasterling
Jan 24
If #Bucs wait until the 4th to address OL, Arizona State's Jamil
Douglas should be their target. Strong #SeniorBowl week, can
play G or T.

Tony Pauline @ TonyPauline
Jan 22
Jamil Douglas Arizona State- when he's on his game he's
been dominant.

Peggy4ASU @ Peggy4ASU
Chuck Norris broke his foot when he tried to round house kick
Jamil Douglas in the face. #Ruthless
#Didn 'tEvenLeaveAScratch

in 2010, when he was a true freshman doing a redshirt year, he and a teammate stole a laptop computer from a dorm room of another teammate (a kicker) and he got 55 hours of community service and school probation for a year.
The guy he stole the laptop from wrote a letter to the court on his behalf:
"I would've hated to see something like that ruin a guy with a very bright future," Garoutte said. " ... He handled the situation well. He apologized, and we moved forward. We're teammates. He's a good guy, and I know that."
His mom:
"Jamil had never been in trouble his entire life," Walker said. "Never suspended from school. Never reprimanded, nothing. He was like the perfect child, so when I got the call I couldn't believe what I was hearing."
The ASU assistant athletic director for football operations:
"He was a good kid who made a bad mistake,'' Wrenn said. "I reached out to him to try and make sure somebody was there to support him. Everybody makes mistakes in life."


Jaquiski Tartt S Samford (Alabama)

16 April 2015 - 08:52 AM

one of the safeties we met with. projected 2nd-3rd R

huge 6-1, 221 size - the other big safety from Alabama (Tartt and Landon Collins went to college 60 miles apart from each other)

FCS 1st Team All-American

Scout.com Justin Pawlowski @ CommishOnline
Samford's Jaquiski Tartt will be drafted higher than his
projections in the media. He has size, speed, & talent.

Matt Miller @ nfldraftscout
Apr 13
Man, the Jaquiski Tartt love is real out there. NFL teams rave
about this kid.

nepatriotsdraft.com Mike Loyko @ NEPD_Loyko
Feb 26
If there is a Kam Chancellor in this year's draft his name is
Jaquiski Tartt .

Sports Illustrated Doug Farrar @ SI_DougFarrar
Feb 16
Samford SS Jaquiski Tartt : Funny name, but serious bidnuss on
the field. Dude brings the hammer. Possible Kam Chancellor

former starting SS in NFL Matt Bowen @ MattBowen41
Mar 30
Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt could be a steal in #NFL Draft.

NFL.com Charles Davis said on NFL Network's "NFL AM" that Tartt (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) is "an absolute missile" and said Tartt had "SEC skills"

NFL.com Charles Davis @ CFD22
Mar 29
[in reply to: “really liking the film on Jaquiski Tartt . Steal in round 2?”]
Might be a steal in the 3rd.

former starting SS in NFL Matt Bowen @ MattBowen41
Mar 29
I would take a long look at Samford S Jaquiski Tartt ... Could be a steal in #NFL Draft.

Inside The Iggles Anthony DiBona @ Anthony_DiBona
Feb 23
Jaquiski Tartt is a monstar, like the guys from Space Jam. 6'1",
221 lbs., 32 3/8" arms and 9 7/8" hands. Just ran a 4.46 forty.

NFL.com Gil Brandt @ Gil_Brandt
Jan 21
Good player.

NFL.com Lance Zierlein @ LanceZierlein
Jan 24
NFL starter.

Pro Day:
4.47 second 40 (4.53 at Combine)
33-inch vertical jump
10-foot-3 broad jump (10 ft 4 at Combine)
20-yard short shuttle in 4.29 seconds
three-cone drill in 7.03 seconds
13 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press

Paul Emery @UKDraftFan
athletically the safety group isn't great: