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You have to feel better about this roster compared to last year.

04 May 2015 - 07:55 PM

Looking at the roster, is is amazing how much we have improved going into this season as compared to last.

 

Just on a rating scale it looks A LOT better.

 

1 point: Below average 

2 point: Average starter

3 point: Above average 

4 point: High end player

5 point: All star/pro bowler

 

2015:

Qb: Cam Newton: 4

Rb: Jonathan Stewart: 4
Te: Greg Olsen: 5

Lt: Michael Oher: 2

Lg: Andrew Norwell: 3

C: Ryan Kalil: 5

Rg: Trai Turner: 3

Rt: Remmers/L.Collins/Williams: 2-3

Wr1: Kelvin Benjamin: 4

Wr2: Devin Funchess 2-3

 

 

Re: Kong Ealy: 2-3

Le: Charles Johnson: 4

Dt1: Star Lotuleilei: 4

Dt2: Kawaan Short: 4

LOLB: Thomas Davis: 5

ILB: Luke Kuechly: 5

ROLB: Shaq Thompson: 3-4

Cb1: Josh Norman: 4

Cb2: Charles Tillman: 2

Cb3: Bene Benwikere: 3

FS: Tre Boston: 2

SS: Roman Harper: 1

 

High end total: 77

 

 

Compare to the start of 2014

 

2015:

Qb: Cam Newton: 4

Rb: DeAngelo Williams: 2
Te: Greg Olsen: 5

Lt: Byron Bell: 1

Lg: Amini Silatolu: 1

C: Ryan Kalil: 5

Rg: Fernando Velasco: 2

Rt: Nate Chandler: 1

Wr1: Kelvin Benjamin: 2-3

Wr2: Jericho Cotchery: 2

 

 

Re: Wes Horton: 2

Le: Charles Johnson: 4

Dt1: Star Lotuleilei: 4

Dt2: Kawaan Short: 3-4

LOLB: Thomas Davis: 5

ILB: Luke Kuechly: 5

ROLB: Blackburn/Klein: 2

Cb1: Antoine Cason: 2

Cb2: Melvin White: 1

Cb3: Bene Benwikere: 2-3

FS: Thomas Decoud: 2

SS: Roman Harper: 1

 

High end total: 59

 

 

I think the biggest thing is we don't have any huge question marks like we had last year, how would Byron Bell transition after being awful on the right side? How would Nate Chandler do as a full time starter after being below mediocre in his last couple of games? Could Harper and Decoud fill the safety role? Can Cason be a number one corner after being a 2-3 his whole career? how would we replace Hardy? Can a rookie fill the role as a number one receiver and will Cotchery even be halfway decent? How will our guards play after a mediocre year last year? Can DeAngelo stay healthy?

 

 

Think about all the questions we have this year, the biggest I can think of is "Can Michael Oher be better than Bell" which seems like an obvious answer. We are much better this year, and we have young players growing into their own. The Carolina Panthers will threepeat this division and we will be dominant for years to come.


Final mock draft!

30 April 2015 - 03:21 PM

Final Mock Draft 
1. TB - Jameis Winston, QB, FST
2. TEN - Marcus Mariota, QB, ORE
3. JAX - Amari Cooper, WR, ALA
4. OAK - Leonard Williams, DT, USC
5. WAS - Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, FLO
6. NYJ - Bud Dupree, OLB, KEN
7. CHI - Kevin White. WR, WV
8. ATL - Vic Beasley, OLB, CLE
9. NYG - Andrus Peat, T, STA
10. STL - (trade to Miami) - MIA - Devante Parker, WR, LOU
11. MIN - Trae Waynes, CB, MCHST
12. CLE - Todd Gurley, RB, GEO
13. NO - Shane Ray, OLB, MISS
14. MIA - (traded to STL) - STL - Ereck Flowers, T, MIA
15. SF - Arik Armstead, DE, ORE
16. HOU - Kevin Johnson, CB, WF
17. SD - Melvin Gordon, RB, WIS
18. KC - Byron Jones, CB, UCONN
19. CLE - Danny Shelton, DT, WAS
20. PHI - Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
21. CIN - Jake Fisher, T, ORE
22. PITT - Eli Harold, OLB, WV 
23. DET - Donovan Smith, T, PEN
24. ARI - Marcus Peters, CB, WAS
25. CAR - DJ Humphries, T, FLO
26. BAL - Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
27. DAL - Malcom Brown, DT, TEX
28. DEN - Cameron Irving, C, FST
29. IND - Damarious Randall, S, ARIST
30.GB - Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
31. NO - Phillip Dorsett, WR, MIA *could also be Bryce Petty
32. NE - Laken Tomlinson, G, DUK

NFL draft bold predictions

30 April 2015 - 11:35 AM

Post yours.

 

Leonard Williams is taken by the Falcons

Jags take Amari Cooper over Fowler

Redskins jump on Fowler

Brandon Scherff falls out of the top 10 after the actual number one o-linemen (Peat) is taken in the top 10.

Damarious Randall goes before Landon Collins.

Saints take Bryce Petty

Kevin Johnson CB WF goes in the top 20

Seven receivers go in the first round

Jake Fisher goes in the first round 

Rams trade with Dolphins and Rams grab Flowers/Scherff, Dolphins grab DeVante Parker/Todd Gurley

Panthers take DJ Humphries or Shaq Thompson in the first.

TJ Yeldon becomes the third RB taken

 


Carolina Panthers mock draft

21 April 2015 - 01:40 AM

Round 1, pick 25:

 

Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, TAM

 

I am almost certain at this point tackle will be the first pick off the board for us, and Cedric fits the bill as an elite talent who can come in and start after his injury is fully healed. I do not have confidence he can start at LT right away, however, he is a perfect fit for our RT spot and can eventually transition to be a blind side protector.

 

Other options: Andrus Peat, OT, STA: I think if he is here, Carolina would run the card up, I just have a hard time seeing him fall.

 

Round 2, pick 57: 

 

Devin Funchess, WR, MICH

 

You have to be convinced at this point the Panthers will target four areas of need in the draft, and after tackle, the next one has to be a WR. I would be willing to bet Funchess falls to us and we ****** up another big, physical, mismatch type player. Don't believe the fall hype, the kid is still a pain to defend.

 

Other options: Devin Smith, WR, OHST: It becomes another case of if he manages to fall to 57, I don't think he will, and honestly, I would prefer the big man, over Smith at this point.

 

Shaq Thompson, S, WAS

 

Round 3, pick 89:

 

Markus Golden, DE, MISS

 

Why not draft another MISS DE? Golden is just as good of a pass rusher as Ealy coming out, and has the potential to be better. He lacks Ealy's over all ability however and would not be a complete of a player in the end. D-line is another need, and I think they take one here.

 

Round 4, pick 124:

 

Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, AUB

 

Carolina needs depth at the RB position and can get some here with the big, booming, Payne. He would work well with the read option game and can be a solid backup.

 

Round 5, pick 161:

 

Kevin White, CB, TCU

 

I think White could fall in the draft, and Carolina needs depth at corner. I know he is smaller, but he would be primarily a back up to Bene and come in on dime packages.

 

Round 5. pick 169:

 

Ray Drew, DT/DE, GEO

 

Versatile d-linemen and would be great for rotation, have to love the pick if he lands here.

 

Round 5, pick 174:

 

Kurtis Drummond, S, MCHST

 

I think Drummond might be my favorite safety in the draft, the dude is a hard worker, and always seems to be around the ball. Might not be the most talented played in the world, but he would bring a lot to the organisation and could compete for a starting job.

 

Round 6, pick 201:

 

Wes Saxton, TE, SALA

 

I have doubts he falls here, but if he does, he is the BPA and comes in the developmental mold of a Julius Thomas. Probably my favorite TE beyond Maxx Williams, this kid is going to do things in the league and I am sure Carolina would not pass him up here.

 

Round 7:

 

Jalston Fowler, FB, ALA

 

Carolina needs a true FB in their offense and Fowler is one of the best available in the draft. Makes sense.


NFL draft bold predictions

06 April 2015 - 06:35 AM

Post yours!

 

1. Nelson Agholor goes in the first round

2. Lael Collins is the first tackle off the board

3. Randy Gregory will not slip out of the top 15

4. Leonard Williams will fall past #3

5. DGB will not be a first round pick