The reason why I'm not so hung up on picking a defensive player is because our D is already good as-is, where we may need a tweak here and there.
"There is hope: The Panthers actually fielded a playoff-caliber defense in 2010, at least according to the measures we use at ColdHardFootballFacts.com. They were No. 12, for example, in Defensive Passer Rating, our measure of each team's ability to stifle opposing quarterbacks. For some perspective, the 14-2 Patriots were No. 13 in Defensive Passer Rating. The 13-3 Falcons were No. 14 in Defensive Passer Rating.
The Panthers were also No. 12 in what we call the Defensive Hog Index, a measure of each team's defensive front. And they were a top 10 unit in run defense, surrendering just 3.94 yards per attempt on the ground last year.
Although I think that none of the QB's are top 2 talents, there are QB's who could be difference makers down the line if developed properly and land in the right system. The question is, do we address, in my mind, the biggest weakness long-term for us, or do we add to what is already a strength and wait another year?
Green is the best value for the pick as it currently stands. The thing I find funny is, everybody wants new life and a "face for the franchise", yet want to take Fairley or Dareus, neither who I would say is near the level of Suh. If the player that is taken at 1 doesn't have the ceiling of a top 10-12 player in this league, then he shouldn't be considered (not saying that Peterson isn't elite, but corners can be found anywhere and play well given that they are put in the right scheme. )
AJ Green gives you that elite talent that you can place under Smith and develop while Smith is still somewhat useful. It's better to get the talent a year early, and bring it along at your pace, instead of looking for the player when it becomes a need. ALWAYS. Anyone remember when Moose left and it was just Smitty? Remember how bad it was when Smitty was taken out of games? Now imagine that once Smith leaves and it's up to Gettis and LaFell to become the 1/2?
Oh and as far as the Giants are concerned, yeah they do have a nice core of WR, but the only time that offense was truly dangerous was when Plaxico was there.