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2015 draft prospects watch thread

24 August 2014 - 08:41 AM

the college football season starts this week. lets keep a running thread of guys that stick out to you, that could be on the panthers radar. scouts have already begun to make their rounds to colleges and universities to scout specific guys. here are some guys that stick out to me, and who i have been watching cut ups on this summer. i will be keeping an eye on these prospects and others.


Brandon Scherff , OT Iowa

Cedric Ogbuehi, OT Texas A&M

Sammie Coats, WR Auburn

Randy Gregory, DE Nebraska

Andrus Peat, OT Stanford

Ifo Ekpre Olomu, CB Oregon

La'el Collins, OT LSU

Landon Collins, S Bama

Amari Cooper, WR Bama

PJ Williams, CB FSU

Ronald Darby, CB FSU

Josh Shaw, DB USC

Todd Gurley, RB Georgia

Mike Davis, RB South Carolina

Rashad Greene, WR FSU

Cam Erving, OT FSU

Marcus Peters, CB Washington 

Ty Montgomery, WR Stanford

Devante Parker, WR Louisville- injured 

Stefon Diggs, WR Maryland


i still feel like WR is a need, so that is why so many are on my watch list. guys who have potential to beat DBs vertically up the field with speed, and returner types.


DaCityKats mock draft 2014 v.2.0

07 May 2014 - 07:41 PM

here is my first mock this year from Feb.

http://www.carolinah...ts +mock +draft


my second stab at what i would like to see occur.


1st round



Cody Latimer, WR Indiana


Huge 6'3 215 WR who has the potential to be that #1 WR on the next level. has legit deep speed, running a 4.39 on top of showcasing major hops with a 39 in vertical. tough as hell, guy was a gunner(head hunter) on the kickoff team. how many other WRs have done that? can attack the ball at it high point, can box out defenders in small areas, can catch with guys drapped on him, and can get off the press with size/speed. from Dayton, Ohio.


2nd round



Morgan Moses, OT Virgina


Surprise. Huge body, 6'6 315. fits the bill as BPA on the board, so this is a gimme. technique is not the best, likes to bend at the waist, but Gettleman has said LT do not need to have elite feet. this guy could get the job done based on sheer size alone. long vine arms, and should compete at LT very early in his career. did handle some pretty good speed rushers in Vic Beasley and Jeremiah Attouch last year. from Richmond, VA


3rd round



Paul Richardson, WR Colorado


cannot teach speed. this guy is one of the best vertical threats in the draft, and again him being on the board in the late 3rd could very well be BPA. has decent height at 6'0 close to 6'1, but is very skinny. heard he was weighing in at workouts at 180, up from 175 he weighed in at the combine. can get beat up some by physical DBs, and has a previous knee injury which causes him to slide to the 3rd. has to get stronger, and more physical to be successful, but i think he can. played on the same HS team as Robert Woods, and Marqise Lee. has NFL bloodlines, dad was also a WR. from LA, Cali.


4th round



Ross Cockrell, CB Duke


this guy will compete vs anybody. great in zone coverage, and has a knack for being around the ball. is at best reading the QB, but does have the ability and athleticism to play man. smart guy(played at Duke), and very technique sound. i think he is a guy that will have a long, decent career had over 50 passes defended and 12 ints. 6'0 191 and he is a local guy from Waxhaw, NC.


5th round



Brandon Thomas, OT/OG Clemson


could compete at OT, or OG once healthy from ACL tear. great value in the 5th, fits BPA model. he can be stashed on IR until he is healthy. long arms on a 6'3 315 body. has good feet, and can play inside at OG or outside at OT. was graded by most as a late 1st-2nd round guy before the injury. another local guy from Spartanburg, SC


6th round



Nickoe Whitley, S Mississippi St


Love the attitude this guy plays with. a ball hawking safety that will also strike you when you enter his zone. tough as hell, played most of all last season with a torn ACL, but opted for surgery after the season because he didnt want quit on the team. 6'0 205 and is already running on that knee. with the signing of Decoud and Godfrey return, he could be brought along slowly. finished with 15 ints and 15 pass defensed.


7th round



Carlos Fields, LB WSSU


athletic LB who can play every LB spot. would excel at WLB or strong because of speed and strength. ran a 4.4 at his pro-day, and said Carolina has showed a lot of interest. 2x CIAA player of the year, and this guy jumps off the screen with his play-making ability and speed. 6'1 238 looked like a man playing among boys when at WSSU. they guy made plays all over the field when i attended games, like Will Hayes (Rams DE). great sleeper pick, and will contribute on special teams. another local guy from Henderson, NC.

Bob McGinns rankings

30 April 2014 - 07:24 PM

one of the better beat writers(besides Wilson), who follows the packers does a yearly rankings and article on guys from each position. he gets info directly from GMs, college scouting directors, and scouts. first up is the WR and TEs.



1. SAMMY WATKINS, Clemson (6-0½, 213, 4.42, 1) — "He's so explosive," one scout said. "Just like Tavon Austin was last year. He's probably the most explosive guy in the draft." Third-year junior. In 2011, joined Herschel Walker, Marshall Faulk and Adrian Peterson as the only freshmen to make the AP All-America first team. "Really a dynamic player," said another scout. "He's so good in and out of his breaks. He runs like a running back but he moves like a receiver. He has strong hands to ****** the ball. He's going to be a real difference-maker." Concluded with a devastating 16-catch, 227-yard outburst against Ohio State in the Tigers' victorious Orange Bowl. Finished with 240 receptions for 3,391 yards (14.1-yard average) and 27 touchdowns. "He's had some drops this year," a third scout said. "He's not Calvin (Johnson) or Andre Johnson. He's almost a faster version of Dez Bryant but not as good hands. I had him ahead of Julio Jones." Doesn't turn 21 until June. From Fort Myers, Fla. "Good player but not great," a fourth scout said. "There's a lot of good stuff. But he's not a real good route runner and it's almost like he's gotten too thick in his lower body. Only 6 feet."


2. MIKE EVANS, Texas A&M (6-4½, 231, 4.52, 1) — Third-year sophomore. "Some of the best ball skills I've ever seen," one scout said.

"Tremendous hand-eye coordination, body control, balance. He runs fast. Not a great route-runner. He's a little stiff in and out of his breaks. But he's a guy you throw the ball up to and he's going to catch his share like an Alshon Jeffery type of guy. Wish he was faster. Highly competitive." Outstanding prep basketball player in Galveston, Texas. Signed with Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman. "He doesn't really separate," another scout said. "He just goes up and climbs. He is exceptional because he's fast." Finished with 151 catches for 2,499 yards (16.6) and 17 TDs. Scored 25 on the 50-question Wonderlic intelligence test. "I wonder if he had a big bump-run corner on him could he separate?" a third scout said. "That was my only hesitation. But now with the rules the way they are he'll get every call imaginable." Some scouts argue Evans made Johnny Manziel, while others argue just the opposite.


3. ODELL BECKHAM, Louisiana State (5-11, 196, 4.40, 1) — Played at Isidore Newman High in New Orleans, the same school that the Manning boys attended. "No holes that I can see," said one scout. "I think he will be great." Third-year junior improved his statistics each season, finishing with 143 catches for 2,340 yards (16.4) and 12 TDs. "He lacks the elite height and size," said another scout. "He has the athletic ability, ability to bend and get in and out of breaks, the catch radius, unbelievable hands, return value. He's a very, very talented player." His father was a running back at LSU and his mother was a national champion track athlete for the Tigers. "Little bit of a diva but he is tough," a third scout said. "More of an outside guy but he can stretch the field. Very, very, very explosive. Intriguing player." Compared by scouts to Marvin Harrison and Greg Jennings.


4. BRANDIN COOKS, Oregon State (5-9½, 187, 4.33, 1-2) — Compared by one scout to long-time Carolina Panther Steve Smith. "He's like Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh," one scout said. "That's a close comparison. He's faster down the field than Brown but he's sudden like he is." Third-year junior out of Stockton, Calif. "He surprised me by running that fast," another scout said. "He doesn't play as fast as he ran but he does get behind people. He's quick. In the air he can go to the ball and catch it one-handed. He plays bigger than he is because he can jump so well." Broke Pac-12 season records for receptions (128) and receiving yards (1,730) in 2013. Finished with 226 catches for 3,272 yards (14.5) and 24 TDs. Won't turn 21 until September. "He's exciting, in his own way," a third scout said. "Little stiff but really fast. Can make a lot of people miss. Limited routes he ran as a little guy. Stronger than Tavon Austin, but not as elusive."


5. MARQISE LEE, Southern California (6-0, 195, 4.47, 1-2) — Third-year junior from Inglewood, Calif. "Even though he doesn't run as well as Beckham he's more explosive," one scout said. "He has been the guy where Beckham has been one of the guys (at LSU). He was much better obviously in '12 than '13." After catching 118 passes for 1,721 yards (14.6) and 14 TDs in 2012, he was hampered by shoulder and knee injuries as well as shoddy quarterback play. Slumped to 57 grabs for 791 (13.9) and four TDs. "He's not going to be a great No. 1 but a good No. 1," said another scout. "Very similar to Greg Jennings. Greg may be a little thicker in the lowers. Speed is comparable." The Trojans' spotty track record at WR in the last 20 years has one scout concerned. "Go back since Keyshawn (Johnson)," he said. "They've had some busts."


6. KELVIN BENJAMIN, Florida State (6-5, 241, 4.65, 1-2) — Seminoles' best WR since Anquan Boldin. "Really like his up side," said one scout. "He's actually a little more fluid for a big guy getting in and out of his breaks but he's not as fast and certainly not near as smart as Evans. He's going to be a project. Good kid. He could have really used another year in school." Turned 23 in February but academic woes (Wonderlic of 7) delayed his arrival in Tallahassee until age 20. After redshirting in 2011 and backing up in '12, he broke out in '13. Finished with 84 catches for 1,506 yards (17.9) and 19 TDs. "Boom or bust," another scout said. "You can see some flashes. Little bit inconsistent, there's lack of speed and some stiffness." From the football hotbed of Belle Glade, Fla. "I should like him more," a third scout said. "I just thought he was a prima donna. That was his personality on tape."


7. ALLEN ROBINSON, Penn State (6-2½, 209, 4.52, 1-2) — Led the Big Ten in receptions and receiving yards two straight years. "Big, strong, fast," one scout said. "His speed is good enough, He's a legitimate No. 2. Speed is why he won't be a No. 1. I don't think he gets out of the second round." Third-year junior from Southfield, Mich. "I really like his RAC (run after catch) for a bigger guy," another scout said. "Like he's instant up the field. He will be a really good complementary starter. He does like the weight room, but it was bad because he put on too much weight before Indy." Weighed 220 at the combine but was down to 207 at pro day. Finished with 177 catches for 2,474 yards (14.0) and 17 TDs. "I liked his hands," a third scout said. "But he looked like more of a power guy than a lithe, quick guy." Led WRs with a 42-inch vertical jump



Greg Hardy advance

28 April 2014 - 06:40 PM


The Panthers have agreed to pay RE Greg Hardy a $1.3 million salary advance in order to get him to participate in the offseason program.

Hardy will get paid weekly throughout the offseason under the minor contract restructuring. The $1.3 million represents roughly ten percent of his $13.116 million base salary for 2014 under the franchise tag. The Panthers and Hardy have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.


i wonder what this says about contract talks.

Panthers working out Paul Richardson

25 April 2014 - 10:39 AM


Tony Pauline @TonyPauline 23m

I'm told the Carolina Panthers are working out Paul Richardson/WR/Colorado today...scouting reports: http://www.draftinsider.net/reports/2014/WR/Paul-Richardson 

deep speed guy. 6'0 but is little 180 pounds. produced at a bad school and played high school ball with Marqise Lee and Robert Woods. did have a torn ACL injury in 2012, but played all last year with no injuries. Ricky didnt tweet it.

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