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#2737004 Matthias' Mock 2014 (Final)

Posted by Matthias on 11 April 2014 - 11:06 PM

My last mock of the year.  It's been an interesting season concerning the prospects.  Some improved their position.  Others fell off the map.  After a lot of careful consideration, I've selected seven guys who I believe will take this team over the top this year.




2014 NFL Draft








1st Round:  Jordan Matthews





Mr. Matthews (Boy Meets World reference) is a receiver that can be molded into what you want him to be.  You want him to be a possession receiver and keep those chains moving?  He can do it.  You want him to run a deep route and burn his guy for a touchdown?  He can do that.  You want him to go up and acrobatically come down with a floater?  No problem there.  So he can do it all.  As good as all that is and his skill set, his best quality is the discipline and maturity he displays.  He may even be more mature than Jerry Rice was at that point in his career, though I can't prove it hehe!  Yet I do know Matthews probably took down some pointers from Rice, and learn from his experiences.



No, Matthews may not have the ceiling Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans have, though I would attempt to debate that.  However I can say Matthew's floor is the highest out of this receiver class.  If Sammy has the best hands, Jordan is second to him.  If Kelvin Benjamin has the best leaping ability, Jordan is second in that category.  If it's said Jarvis Landry has the best hands in this class, Jordan is right behind him.  So at worst, I believe Matthews will turn out to be an average number one receiver in his career.  Matthews is already a strong receiver, able to break difficult tackles.  Yet let him hit our weight room, and in a year or two he will be looking like Andre Johnson.





2nd Round Pick:  Jaylen Watkins





My first surprise pick of the draft.  Many will ask me why am I not drafting a tackle here after going receiver in the first?  It's true offensive tackle is our most pressing need going into the draft, but I believe all the big name ones will be gone even before our first round pick.  It's possible Cyrus Kouandjio will be here to pick up, yet I think I'll pass on him.  Physically he reminds me of Bruce Campbell, and that relationship didn't go anywhere here in Carolina.  Don't get me wrong, Cyrus is a better prospect than Bruce Campbell, but perhaps overall their talent coming out of college wasn't that big a gap.  A lot of buzz is going on around Billy Turner.  If he really has the potential people are saying he has, he'll be gone by this pick.  Yet personally if he were available, he is still considered something of a project player.  I don't want to take a chance on guys this early in the draft.  Other than that, guys like Jack Mewhort, Ja'Wuan James, and perhaps Morgan Moses will be available.  I'll pass on those guys.



The other question many will form is who is Jaylen Watkins, that I should draft him with our second round pick?  I really like Watkins.  He's improved every year he was at Florida from a statistical perspective.  From everything I'm seeing about him, I'd say he is close to another sure thing as Matthews is.  He has a lean body frame, but this guy is strong.  Just about every time he gets his hands on his opponent, they go down.  He showed his speed on the field and at the combine.  As it is right now, he could come in and immediately be a star nickel corner for us.  I can see him getting key turnovers frequently.  In my opinion, he's a workout warrior.  Like Matthews, let him hit our weight room, and he will be one of the strongest corners in the league. (And if he does that without a loss in speed, he will be a star corner for sure)





3rd Round Pick:  Antonio "Tiny" Richardson






Due to knee surgery before the 2013 season, and an underwhelming combine performance, many believe Richardson's draft stock will fall.  One analyst said Richardson should sit out his rookie year.  For whatever reason he falls, I'll gladly pick him up here.  He did have a pretty good year in spite of knee surgery, only giving up two sacks.  He will have to get stronger concerning his run blocking, but already his pass blocking is great.  So much so that he could start immediately as a left tackle.  Every time they sent a blitz toward his side, he pretty much stone walls the opposition.  One thing is for sure, he is a first round talent.  The only question mark is will the knee be a problem throughout his career?





4th Round Pick:  James Hurst





Another guy who fell due to injury.  His injury is healing up as evidence by his participation in his pro day.  So if healthy, he's another close to sure prospect for us who can play either LT or RT.  I think he could start right away, but I'd like for him to sit a little bit and develop.  Yet if for some reason Richardson had to sit out, Hurst could immediately start in his stead.





5th Round Pick:  Storm Johnson





I know this may seem like a wasted pick.  We have two running backs, whom are eating up all of our money, with another one waiting on the sidelines.  Why draft another one?  Well, Stew has had problems staying healthy, whereas D-Will needs very big holes to run through in order to be effective.  As it is right now, we have no one defined running back that we can depend on. (I don't really consider Barner being a dependable back, though it's still early on to see if he can develop)  So this brings me to Storm Johnson.  This is another guy I like very much.  He has a big frame, but his running is very well balanced.  Able to maintain control even after making some crazy cuts.  Plus I get the vibe that he can stay healthy.  If we do draft him, I wouldn't be surprised if he wins the starting role in preseason.  I wouldn't have one problem with D-Will or Stew being back ups with their contracts.  They would be just as productive as they are now, if not more so with even less carries.





6th Round Pick:  Matt Patchan





You can see from some of those highlights of Andre Willams, that Patchan paved the way for a lot of his big runs.  In a good bit of them, you could see #77 pulling hard to the right.  We certainly know he has the ability to pull effectively, as you can see in his combine numbers.  Patchan's journey to the NFL so far has been a long one.  This is my third lineman with injury problems, but to go with that, he's also been shot and hit with a car.  Through it all, he remained standing, and pretty much dominated the ACC this past season at Boston College.  I believe Patchan could start immediately for us at RT.





7th Round Pick:  Spencer Long



Another injured lineman haha!  No pain, no gain.  I think what this shows if these guys can come in healthy, we will have a pretty spectacular group heading into the 2014 season.





Depth Chart (Starters)



QB:  Cam Newton

RB:  Storm Johnson ®

FB:  Mike Tolbert

WR: Jordan Matthews ®

WR:  Jason Avant

TE:  Greg Olsen

LT:  Antonio Richardson ®

LG:  Amini Silatolu

C:  Ryan Kalil

RG: Edmund Kugbila

RT: Matt Patchan ®



RE:  Greg Hardy

DT:  Star Lotulelei

DT:  Kawann Short

LE:  Charles Johnson

OLB:  Thomas Davis

MLB:  Luke Kuechly

OLB:  AJ Klein (A.K.A. Shadow Kuechly)

CB:  Melvin White

FS:  Thomas DeCoud (FA)

SS:  Roman Harper (FA)

CB:  Antoine Cason (FA)



K:  Graham Gano

P:  Brad Nortman

KR: ?

PR: ?

#2732753 DeCoud leaves without a contract

Posted by Matthias on 09 April 2014 - 12:41 PM

Unlike Lester and Godfrey, DeCoud has been to the probowl, mainly due to getting turnovers.  DeCoud would be an excellent signing for us, to complete our defense in terms of ball hawking capability.  Mostly DeCoud needs us, and we could use him.  This signing needs to happen right now.

#2731181 The Charlotte Panthers? Come on, Joe.

Posted by Matthias on 08 April 2014 - 06:23 AM

This was Joe Person's first job...




#2724368 Panthers have 3.98 million in cap space

Posted by Matthias on 02 April 2014 - 08:08 AM

How many rookies did we have starting on defense last year ???


I see your point.  You think that kind of success will be mirrored by the offense?  LT is a critical position, and we were already terrible on the O-line last year.  Any lineman we draft won't be top notch guys.  Wide receiver is one of the more difficult positions to transition from college to the pros.  Cam will have to develop communication with these rookies, and he himself is still developing.  The biggest thing however is coaching.  Rivera makes his money on defense, so perhaps that helped last year. (I believe every year he's been here, our defense has improved)  We don't have nothing concerning offensive genius on the sidelines.  I'm very worried about that offense.

#2723893 D. Newton: Rivera is right. We don't need a number 1 WR. / OK, OK...

Posted by Matthias on 01 April 2014 - 05:23 PM

he's got hands and he's fast he's reminds me of a stronger  Djax/ weaker Smitty but with better hands than either. I think he'll stretch the field but he'll have trouble in the redzone because of his size. 


He definitely has playmaker ability in him.  Now my personal choice on who to draft at 28 would be Jordan Matthews.  Yet the Panthers have shown a lot of interest in Cooks, so I wouldn't be surprised if we drafted him.

#2722583 Thought experiment.

Posted by Matthias on 31 March 2014 - 05:25 PM

It goes back to that old saying, pick on someone your own size.  Fighting itself isn't something one should do at all unless they had no other choice.  So you don't hit someone who's physically weaker than you, and you shouldn't hit anyone at all unless you have no choice but to fight back.

#2721281 If we had the #1 overall pick who would you select

Posted by Matthias on 30 March 2014 - 07:40 AM

I'll be the first to admit I don't know a lot concerning prospects in basketball, but perhaps it takes fresh eyes to see talent everyone else is overlooking.  To me the best player that would enter the draft would be Patric Young.  This guy can score in the paint and his defense is the best on the college floor.  MKG and Young would be an unstoppable pair on the court.

#2703431 Panthers Interested in Kenny Britt

Posted by Matthias on 17 March 2014 - 07:27 PM

DG:  I think Washington would be a good fit for you. 


Haha, and people say Gman hasn't been busy this free agency.  Not only is he our GM, but he is everyone else's GM as well.

#2698609 Roman Harper Signs with the Panthers

Posted by Matthias on 15 March 2014 - 04:53 PM

I wonder how Smitty is looking at this signing.  Not only did this team disrespect him, but they went out and signed a cat who disrespected you in the past.  What more motivation do we need to give him to come and go off on us?

#2697407 What Free Agent WR fills that void now?

Posted by Matthias on 15 March 2014 - 08:41 AM

Our last hopes are Emmanuel Sanders and James Jones.  If we don't get either, then we will be in a real fix.  It seems like there should be more receivers wanting to come in and play with Cam.

#2697318 The best FAs avaliable IMO that fit DG's high value low cost plan

Posted by Matthias on 15 March 2014 - 07:48 AM

We should pursue Hester with vigor.

#2697291 So........... was keeping Hardy worth all this?

Posted by Matthias on 15 March 2014 - 07:29 AM

After looking at yesterday's business, no, it definitely wasn't worth tagging Hardy.  I said all along we could have brought in Jared Allen, and he would have given us just as much production as Hardy would have given us this season, at a much lesser price. (Michael Johnson it seems was another option, looking at the contract he signed)  My thinking was you either tag and trade Hardy, or you just let him walk.  Now we will have a great defense, with a very crappy offense.  I don't care how good your defense is, if they are on the field for most of the game they will tire down and become very frustrated.  Our offense will cancel out and rule over our good defense, which will result in a 4-5 win season.  I blame Rivera most of all on the tagging of Hardy.  I think he advocated this move in trying to keep Hardy the most, even more than Gettleman.

#2697284 Stepping back from the cliff...maybe DG knew something we didn't

Posted by Matthias on 15 March 2014 - 07:14 AM

I can understand not wanting to spend with our cap being in the situation that it is, yet on the other hand you restructured a couple of guys' contracts with the expectation of shoring up either the WR or T position.  He didn't get that done.  Not to mention you still have Godfrey on the roster, not designating him as a june 1st cut.  Which would have freed up as much as 5 million dollars of cap space.  Finally you tag Hardy, and are yet to give him a new contract to free up money.  The way it's looking now, Hardy looks like a one year rental. (Especially with Hardy seeing the kind of offense we will have going into the season so far.  He will be the next Panther out of here on the first thing smoking.  Cam would be to, but we are likely to franchise him)


So there's a lot of double mindedness going on here.  Too many mix signals for me to be comfortable.

#2692488 Munnerlyn to Vikings- 3 year deal

Posted by Matthias on 13 March 2014 - 05:54 PM

we'll be able to answer this question in a couple of years, when we see if we are still in the playoffs and if those players are still with the same team.  I'm guessing that we'll be just fine, and they'll be cut as cap casualties.  Overpaying <> winning franchise.


It's a business both ways.  They are following the money, so let them go.  Good luck.  I am glad we don't have some idiot handing out $25M signing bonuses to C level players.


Let's hope he doesn't overpay Lafell. hehe

#2692387 Munnerlyn to Vikings- 3 year deal

Posted by Matthias on 13 March 2014 - 05:34 PM

There is currently a mass exodus out of Carolina.  Is it just from players wanting to get paid, or is it they are all running away from G-man?  Last year G-man's unwillingness to overpay seemed to work.  This year, everyone is hoping on the first thing smoking out of dodge.  Yet it's very funny that the one guy I wanted gone, actually came back.  Mr. Lafell.

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