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The Fourth Annual 1st Round Draft Poll!

16 April 2015 - 12:48 PM

Greetings, Huddlers. The draft is two weeks from tonight! For the fourth year in a row, I have created this three-question poll regarding our first round selection to gauge the thoughts and preferences of Panther Nation. Please answer each of the three poll questions. If you have selected 'other', feel free to post that players name and join in on the discussion. I did my best to list 19 prospects that will have a good chance of being available at 25 and those I believe to fit our needs to some extent.


In previous years, hundreds of people on this board have participated and the results are pretty interesting to look back on after the draft, during the season, and even a year later. Get voting!


Here is a link to last year's poll:


http://www.carolinah... overall poll



UPDATE: Tried multiple times making the poll and it hasn't worked. 

Good Article on Frank Alexander

10 April 2015 - 12:24 PM



Really good read on Big Frank. He used marijuana as a coping mechanism for stresses in his life stemming from the health of his mother and father. Worth a click and it leaves me feeling optimistic about him.

If Frank can get it together and build from his prior success early in his career, I think he and Ealy could be great in rotation with one another while pushing each other to be great. Jeremy said he was one of the the training camp all-stars last season. Let's hope he gets a chance to put it all together and have a good year. Looking forward to seeing how the story of Forgotten Frank unfolds.

Update: Charles Tillman signed by Panthers (official)

08 April 2015 - 08:44 PM

@DNewtonespn: Bears free agent cornerback Charles Tillman is in town making an official visit with the #Panthers, league sources told me.

@ESPNChiBears: Should add that Tillman and #Panthers have not discussed a contract yet. Still in early stages.

Useful veteran. Maybe could play some safety in some packages. Provides more veteran leadership for an otherwise young secondary. Ball-hawk that would excel behind our front seven.


UPDATE: Black & Blue Review ‏@BlackBlueReview  7m

And it’s official: #Panthers sign Charles Tillman to a one-year deal.

Aside from scoring plays, which plays get you the most excited as a Fan?

30 March 2015 - 09:02 PM

Aside from plays where the Panthers put points on the board, which play-type gets you the most excited as a fan? 


Please vote!


/Boring off-season poll. 

Maine's 2015 Mock Draft (Comp. Picks Included)

27 March 2015 - 10:54 PM

I wanted to post this in the main forum rather than the draft page to get more feedback and have a larger discussion on some of the prospects mentioned below. I wanted to take a tackle earlier but with the additions of Oher and Martin, I just do not think Gettleman is targeting a tackle very early this year. The majority of players in this mock have already met with the Panthers this off-season. I recommended visiting Ken's thread "Prospect Meetings by Position" in the NFL Draft section of this message board to see the extensive list of guys we have been interested in since the draft process began. He does a great job of keeping it updated. No mock draft will satisfy everyone but I think this draft would go a long way towards locking up a third straight division title for the 2015 Carolina Panthers. 


 (1) 25th Breshad Perriman, WR Central Florida 

6'2" 212lbs.

I know what you're thinking..."workout warrior/late riser", "suspect hands", "poor route running" etc. I get all that. Prior to running somewhere in the 4.2-4.3 range at his pro day, Perriman was seen by many as a fringe first round talent but was more likely going to be an early second round selection. He improved every year at UCF despite poor quarterback play his final year in school. He displays the ideal size and athleticism to be a number one receiver in the National Football League. His struggles to consistently catch the football but when you watch the film cut-ups available on him, you will notice it is not so much a technique issue. He is a willing hands catcher and like Kelvin Benjamin, the drops seem to stem more from lapses in concentration. In fact, poor route running and suspect hands did not stop us from drafting Kelvin Benjamin in the first round last season. Perriman is a better athlete than Kelvin Benjamin and has the speed, size, and hops to get vertical on even the best corners in the NFL. He is a threat to go the distance every time the ball is in his hands. The KB and Perriman pair in Carolina would come with its share of frustrating drops and WTF moments, but the upside and explosive plays and mismatches outweigh the risk in my eyes. With Coach Proehl working with him, Perriman could be another stellar rookie.


(2) 57th Tevin Coleman, RB Indiana 

5'11" 206lbs. 

It is no secret Gettleman wants another back this upcoming draft. BPA meets need in Indiana's Tevin Coleman, one of my favorite players in the draft. This kid is a powerful and explosive north-south runner that hits holes harder than most backs I've watched. In fact, some of his detractors say he runs almost too hard: shows some lack of patience in his game as he looks to get up to full speed as fast as possible and hits holes that may not even be open. Coleman can carry the load on his own and would be a great option out of the backfield with Stewart and company. Needs to work on running lower behind his pads, but the bottom line is Coleman is a home run threat with the ball in his hands and is a serviceable pass-catcher as well. With Stewart potentially out in Carolina after this year, Coleman could step in and be a workhorse for us going forward. He is a one cut and go back with big play ability this offense has lacked. Has met with the Panthers already this off-season.


(3) 89th James Sample, S Louisville

6'2" 209lbs.

Big, physical, safety prospect that is relatively inexperienced due to injury and transferring from Washington. NFL body-type and gets downhill quickly in run support. Will likely need to sit and wait behind Harper but I could really see him pushing Harper or Boston as a starter by mid-season. Inexperience hurts his game right now, but Sample would have Coach Wilks salivating to get his hands on him and get him coached up. I believe he could be one of the better safeties from this draft when it is all said and done. Patience would be key with Sample but he'd be an immediate upgrade somewhere on special teams. 


(4) 124th Laurence Gibson, OT Virginia Tech

6'6" 305lbs.

Possesses ideal length and hand size for the position. Shows good foot-speed and lateral quickness but has some bad habits in his game that can be coached up. Would provide valuable depth at the position and potentially could become a solid starter a year or two down the line if he can add strength. Will need to get stronger and improve his technique, but he has the physical traits and quickness to excel in the National Football League. Has met already with the Panthers this off-season.


(5) 161st Za'Darius Smith, DE Kentucky

6'4" 274lbs.

Big and powerful defensive end that is a good fit inside or outside in our 4-3 defense. Reportedly is a great team player and is an all-effort all the time type player that "plays like his hair is on fire." Not a great athlete and struggles getting low and bending, but he would be a good rotational piece with Ealy, Alexander, Addison, and Horton and could potentially develop into a situational pass-rusher. Has met already with the Panthers and seems like a Gettleman guy that will do the dirty work in the trenches for the betterment of his team. 


(5) 169th Justin Coleman, CB Tennessee

5'11" 185lbs.

Here is the Bene Benwikere of the 2015 draft. Undersized but tough nickel corner prospect that didn't run particularly well but repped 225 on the bench 20 times and was a combine top performer in the 3-come and shuttle drills. Aggressive corner that is physical at the point of attack and excels in zone coverage because of his instincts. Displayed the ball skills we covet with 10 passes defended and 4 interceptions in his 2014 college campaign. Played special teams in college as well. Has met already with the Panthers this off-season and if I had to guess one player that would end up in a Panther uniform from this draft, it is Coleman. Lacks ideal athleticism for the position but "the game is not played in underwear".


(5) 174th Chris Conley, WR Georgia 

6'2" 213lbs.

Freak athlete. One of the combine's top performers after running a 4.35 and posting a 45-inch vertical. Didn't have great college production on a run-heavy Georgia team but has the size and speed combo that may be too hard to ignore at this juncture of the draft. Would instantly come in and compete with the likes of Bersin, Boykin, Brown, and Ginn for a roster spot and playing time. Hands-catcher that shows the ability to adjust in the air and has good body control. Needs work as a route runner and too easily gets redirected and tossed around when corners get their hands on him. He may get drafted higher than he should because of his measurables. The Panthers recently met with Conley on campus.


(6) 201st Quayshawn Nealy, LB Georgia Tech

6'1" 235lbs.

Below average athlete but a very productive and experienced player in the ACC. Plays with good instincts and actually had quite a few interceptions throughout his career and could potentially succeed in a zone defense in the NFL. Always around the ball and may find a home on special teams if he can make the roster. Will struggle to get off blocks. Has met with the Panthers twice this off-season so interest may be there. 


(7) 242nd Martin Ifedi, DE Memphis

6'3" 275lbs.

Big and powerful end that should fit in a 4-3 defense if he can make a roster. Sub-par athlete by NFL standards but displays power and could be a solid run defender if he can latch on. Works hard and plays through the whistle. Effort guy that Gettleman may like. Diagnoses run plays quickly, possesses a good football acumen, and is coachable.