It wouldn't surprise me if Chip Kelly took him @20. It's time for Lane Johnson to move over to the left side and Peters is on the wrong side of 30 to be running plays every 15-20 seconds. Kelly is much more likely to value Fisher higher than other teams since he knows,him and has experience in the system. If this occurs look for the Eagles to offer up Peters on draft day and the Panthers to make a run at him.
Due to a malfunction in the computers at the Park Ave. offices, the Panthers move from pick 213 to 174. If you look back at the player that will still be available 39 picks earlier, I would almost guarantee there will be a pro bowler. Getting the opportunity to identify and take that player adds to the foundation of a championship team at a cheap cost.
I think it would be very smart on the part of JR,RR, and Gman to go to Cam and ask him if he wanted to use this as a vehicle for more national exposure. We are on the cusp of being a consistent playoff contender and NEED to get the experience of attention and how to deal with it. It also brings Cam into the inner decision-making boardroom and makes him feel like he's a bigger part of the organization. This could not go unnoticed in a contract year.
I wouldn't be surprised if we traded up somewhere in rounds 1-3 to secure a player that fulfills a need (starts). I don't believe that all 9 draft choices will make the team so may make sense to go up and get a specifc player.
... Their round 4-7 picks. Apparently the league is changing up how the draft will be run this year and third day picks will be announced in the city where they are made. It'll be interesting to see if the Panthers pick out a special draft day spot for this.
This isn't Gman's first rodeo. It's the benefit of having a GM who has been thru the team building process with a number of successful organizations over many years. He's seen it all before (expt these trades) and knows we are only three days into FA. By the W/E prices will come down sharply and as teams sign more players they will also cut more players, so you never know who may be available next week. From what i've seen the first couple of years, I wouldn't want to play poker with him, because it's hard to tell what he's holding.
Only the very best LTs actually defeat DEs in pass blocking. The whole idea for the others is to lose slowly. As crazy as it might sound, if Oher can just hold a couple beats longer than Bell, it will save a lot of wear and tear on Cam.
For anybody interested in an analystics view of why the Panthers should sign Crabtree....
Carolina Panthers: Sign Michael Crabtree
Given the skill set of quarterback Cam Newton, it's not a shock that the Carolina Panthers offense has been built around the run more than the pass since Newton arrived in 2011. For four straight seasons, the Panthers' offense has ranked higher in run offense DVOA than in pass offense DVOA. Last year, their running game dipped to 17th in DVOA after three straight years in the top ten. But their pass offense was even worse, ranked just 23rd.
Drafting Kelvin Benjamin last year gave the Panthers a size/speed freak to line up at one receiver spot, the kind of talent against whom defenses need to game-plan. The next step is to fill the other spot with the kind of receiver who can specifically take advantage of defenses that are either sitting in zone to prevent Newton scrambles, leaving a safety deep to prevent the bomb to Benjamin, or both.
That's where Michael Crabtree comes in. The former San Francisco first-round pick is the kind of excellent route-runner who eats up zone coverages. He doesn't have deep speed, but he's very quick to separate at the break of his routes. Newton is better at throwing from the pocket than most fans realize, and better at throwing with anticipation and hitting receivers after their breaks.
Crabtree struggled in our advanced metrics in 2014, with a below-average DVOA, but that's likely a product of the overall struggles of the entire San Francisco offense. Crabtree was above average in DVOA each year from 2010 through 2013, finishing sixth in total value by our DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement) stat in 2012. As an added bonus, Crabtree is an above-average run blocker on the perimeter, a must for the Carolina offense. It could be just the right fit to help the Panthers follow up the first-ever repeat NFC South title with a first-ever third straight NFC South title.
I think our first FA signing will come relatively quickly this year after this initial mad rush. With all difference to Zod's 1st round mock, my thought is that we solidify the back end with Denver's FS, Rahim Moore. He'll probably be in the Mitchell price range of 5yr/$25-30 million. Without a topend pass rush, we will need to put more money into the secondary and Moore is young, good in coverage, and shops at Target.
There has been some recent talk that Seattle may be willing to offer Wilson the NFL's first fully guaranteed contract. They feel that thay can get a lower overall contract and save cap space. Wilson recently changed his agent to one who represents mostly baseball players where guaranteed contracts are standard. Apparently Seattle feels that the only downside would be if he were lost to a career ending injury, which is less llikely for QBs than other positions. Other GMs are really going to be pissed if this occurs and it will really throw a curve into Gman's negotiations with Cam.
This cash under cap problem is a bit of a smoke and mirror situation that resulted from Hurney giving large upfront guarantees (and associated cash) to a number of players prior to the 2012 CBA. As a result, even though we have been fighting the cap the last couple of years, we didn't payout a corresponding amount in cash, leaving us short of the necessary %. This will easily be solved with the upfront cash guarantees to Newton, Kuechly,etc. in the next two years.
Even if the % is not reached, the only penalty is that JR has to pay the difference into a pot that would be divided back to the players.