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Matthias' Mock 2014 (Final)

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: ?

Are Your Parents Creationists?

01 April 2014 - 04:00 PM

I'm kind of curious.  If your parents were apart of the baby boomer generation, I would assume they grew up christian and perhaps still are.  If that's the case, are they also young earth creationists by chance?  If so, what are your thoughts on that?

Matthias' Fantasy Mock 2

15 March 2014 - 01:33 PM

This will be my last fantasy mock this off season.  After the free agency period is somewhat over, or in other words most of the dependable guys are gone, and we inch very close to the draft, I'll do my last "real" mock.  This mock is based on one of the topics in the main forum discussing trading Cam to the Browns.  




The Trade:





Carolina gets- Cleveland's Two 1sts, 2nd, Next Year's 1st and conditional 3rd


Cleveland gets- Cam Newton



Description:  So let me address two issues with this trade.  Obviously panther fans see trading Cam away as one of the dumbest things we could think about doing.  I agree Cam is the best QB in terms of talent and outlook.  Yet going into year 4 and the prospect of giving him the richest contract for a QB in the history of the league, I still have questions concerning his mentality.  With guys like Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck, you can put them into a neat box.  Yet Cam has more of an outgoing nature.  There's nothing wrong with that, there's nothing wrong with a charismatic personality.  The thing is when you're trying to project his ability to perform and the kind of pressure he can handle, it's a scary thought not being able to pin down his mentality.  If the Colts were having a hard time, you know Luck will tell you the same thing and say they need to work harder.  If the Seahawks were having a hard time, you know Wilson will tell you they need to work harder etc. etc.  If the Panthers were having a hard time, Cam will tell you they need to work harder, but there's a chance he may lash out against the media.  Just some days ago Hardy was on ESPN discussing the Panthers.  His comments about Cam's improvement off the field kind of made me feel uncomfortable when we are talking about a franchise QB.



The other issue is would Cleveland really give up that much for Cam?  My answer would be if they were smart, most definitely!  Cleveland has one of the best receivers in the game, one of the best tight ends in the game, and THE best LT in the game.  If the Panthers had that kind of talent, Cam would be the MVP year in year out.  Just with Hoyer, the Browns looked like they would be contenders.  So imagine what they would look like with Cam Newton.  The better question would be why wouldn't the Browns make such a move?  Of course one would say if I feel Cam has that much potential, why would we trade him away?  The truth is we don't have what the Browns have.  We don't have an established receiver.  We don't even have a hint of a receiver.  Our tight end Greg Olsen is a decent receiver, but that's about it.  We have no O-line to speak of, and it looks like Cam will be our main weapon.  We don't have the draft position to truly build up all our problems in one year, and I don't know if Cam's psyche would hold up in the time it will take to rebuild.  So it would work out well for both parties in my opinion, possibly even better for the Browns. (Which is why I'm throwing in the conditional pick)





Free Agency:





Hardy signs a 5 year deal- 11 million a year



Cut Godfrey after June 1st- save 5 million in cap (After Hardy's extension and this cut, our cap would be 15 million give/take)



Champ Bailey- one year deal



Eric Winston- one year deal



Devin Hester- two year deal



Jason Avant- one year deal





NFL Draft: Panthers picks are 1st (Cleveland's number 4 overall), 1st (Cleveland's 26th overall), 1st, 2nd (Cleveland), 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th





1st Round Pick (Cleveland): Greg Robinson






The best prospect at LT in this draft.  Everything says he will be a solid LT for years to come.





1st Round Pick (Cleveland): Jordan Matthews






The third best receiver in this draft in my opinion, also in my opinion the surest receiver.





1st Round Pick: Ha'Sean "Ha Ha" Clinton Dix






A capable guy for replacing Mike Mitchell in terms of coverage.  It's yet to be seen if he has the kind of physicality Mitchell brought, but at the very least we won't have to worry about him being flag for a late hit.  This guy has hawk potential.





2nd Round Pick (Cleveland): Donte Moncrief






Great deep threat.





2nd Round Pick: James Hurst






Injury will cause stock to fall.  We may be able to get him in the 3rd, but I wouldn't want to take chances.  This guy has solid written all over his face, and would be a great RT for us.





3rd Round Pick: Jaylen Watkins






I like him as a prospect.  He put up good numbers at the combine that would perhaps put him in the late 2nd-early 3rd range.  So if he slips a little, we will be right there to grab him.





4th Round Pick:  Brandon Coleman






The size of this guy is imposing.  He had a down year his last at Rutgers due to poor QB play and injuries, but he had a pretty decent combine performance.  Right now we have no credible receivers on our roster, with Lafell likely to be our only guy coming in for the 2014 season.  These three guys I drafted in this mock would be a nice crew to have in fighting against this lack of talent.





5th Round Pick: Storm Johnson






Here's a guy that I really like.  I'd say my favorite draft prospects in this year's draft (Not saying they are the best two period) are Jordan Matthews and Storm Johnson.  To me they have the ability to be regular probowlers.  Because of the devaluation of the running back position, a lot of good runners will fall to the later roundd of the draft.  Realistically, Johnson would go in the late 3rd-4th round range.  Yet I get the feeling like nobody hardly knows his name.  I'm very surprised at the lack of talk concerning this guy.  It makes me believe he could be had in the 5th-6th round range.  If that be the case, Panthers need to get this guy.  Bump Williams and Stew being here.





6th Round Pick: Isaiah Lewis






A hard nosed hitter, who I believe could start.





7th Round Pick: Spencer Long






Gritty run blocker






Depth Chart projection:



QB- Derek Anderson

RB- Combination of D-Will/Stew/Storm Johnson ®

FB- Mike Tolbert

WR- Jordan Matthews ®

WR- Donte Moncrief ®

TE- Greg Olsen

LT- Greg Robinson ®

LG- Amini Silatolu

C- Ryan Kalil

RG- Spencer Long ®

RT- Eric Winston (FA)



RE- Greg Hardy

DT- Star Lotulelei

DT- Kawann Short

LE- Charles Johnson

OLB- Thomas Davis

MLB- Luke Kuechly

OLB- AJ Klein

CB- Melvin White

FS- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ®

SS- Isaiah Lewis ®

CB- Champ Bailey (FA)



K- Graham Gano

P- Brad Nortman

KR- Devin Hester

PR- Devin Hester




Matthias' "GM Jr." Fantasy Mock Offseason

26 February 2014 - 02:48 PM

With all the talk of increase of cap space and the Panthers possibly being 30+ million dollars under the cap once free agency starts, my imagination immediately began running away with me.  Of course even though I'm highlighting a fantasy/wish list type of aspect with this mock, I hope it's realistic enough of having a chance to happen.  Now, I let G-man handle all the boring stuff in opening up cap space.  So I'll take over from there, and expect the big cat to give me my first paycheck!






Free Agency Period:  (Let's say we will be 38 million dollars under the cap)








Denver Broncos get- Greg Hardy


Carolina Panthers get- Denver's 1st and 2nd



Description:  I find this to be a reasonable trade.  The Broncos have all the offense in the world concerning the passing game, but their defense struggled without two legitimate pass rushers.  They loss Elvis Dummervil to a technicality last year, so picking up Hardy will give them a scary double threat along with Von Miller. (Of course Foxy will be reunited with Hardy)  Their 1st round pick and 2nd seems to be good compensation, due to their late nature in those rounds.



Houston Texans get- Carolina's 1st (Originally Denver's 1st)


Carolina Panthers get- Houston's 2nd and 4th round picks



Description:  Ideally this trade will happen on draft day.  If the Texans don't take a QB with their first pick, they may want to trade up to take a guy they fall in love with.  Perhaps Derek Carr lol!  I think the compensation is reasonable.



So the official amount of picks we would have is....




























Mike Mitchell:  5 million a year deal


Captain Munnerlyn:  3 million a year



Description:  If you're keeping track, this brings our cap down to 30 million.




Free Agent Signings-



Jared Velheer:  12 million a year deal


Jared Allen:  4 million dollars a year


Thomas DeCoud:  2 million one year deal


Charles Tillman:  4 million dollar a year


Sidney Rice:  1 million one year deal



Description:  Gettleman has restructured some contracts to open things up in terms of cap.  A lot of fans are saying this just pushes the money back, and years down the road we will be cap strapped again.  I don't know if the restructures will cause us that kind of headache down the road.  Hopefully not, especially concerning everything G-man has been stating concerning the cap.  Yet there's nothing we can do about that now, the restructures have been made.  Tonight we'll feast well, for tomorrow we die!


Obviously with Gross retiring, we need to make sure we have a guy who is going to protect our investment in Cam.  Now, good LTs don't make it to free agency, but I believe the dumb Raiders may let their guy test the waters.  If Veldheer hits the market, we need to pursue him wholeheartedly.  Jared Allen is classic plug and play.  I like DeCoud's ability.  We should be able to get him fairly easy.  Give him a one year deal and have the chance to stick it to the Falcons for letting him go.  Tillman would be a solid guy to have at the corner position, and Mr. Rice can come home on a one year deal.  Let's see what he has left in the tank.  If my math is correct, that brings our cap to 7 million.  With Godfrey's june 1st cut, that should have us around 12 million to spend on draft picks and other guys floating around.





NFL Draft:





1st Round Pick:  Jordan Matthews






At the combine, he backed up what we saw on tape, and then some with his 40 time.  He has solidified this pick for me, unless Greg Robinson or someone like that fell to our pick.  Matthews can be molded into a top tier receiver at this level.  Whatever route you ask him to run, he can do it.





2nd Round Pick (Trade with Houston):  Donte Moncrief






A big speedy receiver with star quality.  I'm taking the double dip approach here with receiver.  Smith and Gross were the last two panthers apart of that superbowl run back in '03.  With Gross gone, I won't be surprised if Smitty followed suit after this year. (I think he will come back this year for one last march to victory)  So bringing in Matthews and Moncrief will give Cam two well rounded receivers, and this one can take the top off of a defense.





2nd Round Pick:  Jack Mewhort






A solid prospect for the right tackle position.  It's a toss up here between him and Antonio Richardson.  I'll go with the guy who doesn't have any knee issues.





2nd Round Pick (trade with Denver):  Jaylen Watkins






Watkins was one of those hidden gem corners that would be around in the 4th-5th round range.  Yet after his combine performance, he boost his stock to the 3rd or earlier.  With a little teaching, he could be a very fine starter in the league.  I didn't know it until now, but he is the brother of standout receiver Sammy Watkins.





3rd Round Pick:  James Hurst






A value pick.  Making sure this O-line is the best.  Hurst is definitely my favorite tackle after the big names.  Would have picked him earlier, but I feel he will slip enough to take him later.





4th Round Pick:  Isaiah Lewis






Great for depth behind Mike Mitchell and should be something of an assassin on special teams coverage with Colin Jones.





4th Round Pick (Trade with Denver):  Crockett Gilmore






Someone to compete for the 2nd string position at TE.  It's a plus to hear he likes to block.





5th Round Pick:   Spencer Long






Dude just looks imposing!  Again if anyone has been following my mocks this year, he's been in pretty much all of them. (I wouldn't be surprised if I mocked him last year to our team before he returned to school)  An injury kept him out all year, but I've seen enough of his run blocking to know he will be a regular at the pro bowl. (Of course, hopefully all Panther probowlers will be playing the week after that game)





6th Round Pick:  Storm Johnson






CBS and Walterfootball gives his range anywhere from 4th-6th round.  Logically, I believe he will be gone by this point, in which case I would pick Silas Redd.  Yet if he falls, we would be stupid not to draft him.  He's guy that seems to be healthy year in year out.  There's really a lot I like about him.





7th Round Pick (Trade with Giants):  John Urschel






A compact-gritty blocker who knows his math.  Would be great depth to have on the O-line, and is versatile to play both guard and center.





Roster Projection:








QB:  Cam Newton

RB:  Jonathan Stewart

FB:  Mike Tolbert

TE:  Greg Olsen

WR:  Steve Smith

WR:  Jordan Matthews ®

LT:  Jared Veldheer (FA)

LG:  Amini Silatolu

C:  Ryan Kalil

RG:  Spencer Long ®

RT:  Toss up, I like James Hurst to start here






RE:  Jared Allen (FA)

DT:  Star Lotulelei

DT:  Kawann Short

LE:  Charles Johnson

OLB:  Thomas Davis

MLB:  Luke Kuechly

OLB:  AJ Klein

CB:  Melvin White

FS:  Thomas DeCoud (FA)

SS:  Mike Mitchell

CB:  Charles Tillman (FA)



Special Teams:



K:  Graham Gano

P:  Brad Nortman

KR: Post June 1st free agent or undrafted rookie

PR: Post June 1st free agent or undrafted rookie

Another Matthias Mock

12 February 2014 - 11:01 PM






Mike Mitchell- 5 million a year


Jordan Gross- 1-2 million one year deal


Graham Gano- 2-3 million a year


Our other free agents can be replaced





Free agency:





Jared Allen- 3 million a year


Jeremy Maclin- 1 million one year deal





NFL Draft: (Tag and trade Hardy for an early 2nd round pick)





1st round pick- Cyrus Kouandjio






With the rise of prospects like Greg Robinson and Zack Martin, Cyrus could fall to us late in the first round.  He is the perfect guy to be our RT going into next year.  Cam is a pocket passer who can run.  When he has time to throw, he can shred any defense to pieces.





2nd round pick (trade)- Jordan Matthews






Again I have us drafting Matthews.  I think he and Cam will be a great combination in route to many championships.





2nd round pick- Kyle Fuller






I consider him the second best corner in this class.  We need some help at the corner spot, but the bad thing is I don't think Rivera and his staff know how to develop corners.  It's too bad we can't get one of those defensive back coaches from the Seattle staff.





3rd round pick- James Hurst






This pick is more of a value pick for the future.  Having two studs at tackle in Cyrus and James will be great for the franchise.  This is probably Gross' last year if he does come back, so next year Hurst and Kouandjio would take over, each having a year of playing at this level under their belt.





4th round pick- Victor Hampton






Another value pick to try and strengthen this cornerback group we have here in Carolina.  Hampton is stronger than Munnerlyn and have better cover skills.  Even though he's listed at 5'10", he got ups like an NBA star.  Perhaps if Steve Smith played cornerback, he would have looked something like Hampton.





5th round pick- Isaiah Lewis






There's no clear cut ball hawk safety out of this group, but I like the thought of getting a defensive back from one of the best secondaries in college football.  Lewis has shown he can get the job done.





6th round pick- Spencer Long






A hidden gem at Guard.





7th round pick (trade)- L'Damian Washington






Perhaps a hidden gem at the receiver position.  This should give Cam a plethora of weapons to throw to next season, along with a super strong line. (And hopefully a healthy running game.)






Depth chart projection:  Starters





QB- Cam Newton

RB- Jonathan Stewart

FB- Mike Tolbert

WR- Steve Smith

WR- Jeremy Maclin (FA)

TE- Greg Olsen

LT- Jordan Gross

LG- Amini Silatolu

C- Ryan Kalil

RG- Toss up

RT- Cyrus Kouandjio ®



DE- Jared Allen (FA)

DT- Star Lotulelei

DT- Kawann Short

DE- Charles Johnson

OLB- Thomas Davis

MLB- Luke Kuechly

OLB- AJ Klein

CB- Melvin White

FS- Isaiah Lewis ®

SS- Mike Mitchell

CB- Kyle Fuller ®



K- Graham Gano

P- Brad Nortman

PR/KR- We'll see who's left in free agency.  After June 1st, we'll have more money to bring guys in

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