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Matthias

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Matthias' Mock Offseason 2.0

13 February 2015 - 09:34 PM

Cuts: (Not an exhaustive list)

 

 

DeAngelo Williams

 

Kugz

 

Melvin White

 

Thomas DeCoud

 

Roman Harper

 

 

 

Free Agent Signings:

 

 

Bryan Bulaga- OT Packers

 

 

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CJ Spiller- RB Bills

 

 

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Eddie Royal- WR Chargers

 

 

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Charles Tillman- CB/S Bears

 

 

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NFL Draft:

 

 

 

 

1st Round Pick- Sammie Coates

 

 

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We need to upgrade our speed at the wideout position, and Coates is among the fastest out of this class.  Of course not only that, he is a big guy who can muscle his way through the opposition.  So we have a combination of speed and power.  That is very rare to find in one guy.

 

 

 

 

2nd Round Pick- Jake Fisher

 

 

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The best OT prospect left.  I would take Ogbuehi here, but just too many things going against him for me to take him this high.  Fisher is an athletic OT who is very agressive.  He's what I call a gamer.

 

 

 

 

3rd Round Pick- Chris Hackett

 

 

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A great SS prospect.

 

 

 

 

4th Round Pick- Cedric Reed

 

 

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Has the talent to easily replace Hardy long term if you look at it that way.  Played the year with an injury, but the season before he was unstoppable.

 

 

 

 

5th Round Pick- Eric Rowe

 

 

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His man to man cover skills are pretty good.  He could make a good nickel corner for us, and he's big enough to play hard against the run.

 

 

 

 

6th Round Pick- Kaelin Clay

 

 

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Many know him for his famous blunder, but I liked him before that game.  He was one of the better return men in college throughout the year, and his receiver skills are respectable.  I see him being a good receiver in the NFL.

 

 

 

 

Round 7- Stephone Anthony

 

 

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I like his potential.  Probably will go around the 5th round, but usually once you get to the later rounds, just about everyone has the same value.

 

 

 

 

Projected Starters:

 

 

Offense

 

QB- Cam Newton

RB- Jonathan Stewart

FB- Mike Tolbert

TE- Greg Olsen

WR- Kelvin Benjamin

WR- Sammie Coates ®

LT- Bryan Bulaga (FA)

LG- Andrew Norwell

C- Ryan Kalil

RG- Trai Turner

RT- Jake Fisher ®

 

 

Defense

 

RE- Kony Ealy

DT- Kawann Short

DT- Star Lotulelei

LE- Charles Johnson

OLB- Thomas Davis

MLB- Luke Kuechly

OLB- AJ Klein

CB- Bene Benwikere

FS- Tre Boston

SS- Charles Tillman (FA)

CB- Josh Norman

 

 

Special Teams

 

K- Graham Gano

P- Brad Nortman

KR- CJ Spiller (FA)

PR- Eddie Royal (FA) or Kaelin Clay ®


Matthias' Pre-Combine Mock Off Season 2015

15 January 2015 - 11:31 PM

I won't go in depth with all the guys I want in free agency or all the guys I would release, but I'll mention my main points of things needed to be done this off-season.

 

 

Releases/Cuts/Let Go's:

 

 

DeAngelo Williams

 

Greg Hardy

 

Byron Bell

 

Amini Silatolu

 

Kugz

 

Thomas DeCoud

 

Roman Harper

 

Wes Horton

 

Melvin White

 

 

Resign:

 

Dwan Edwards

 

 

 

Trade: (Every once in a while I play around with stuff like this in my mocks heehee)

 

 

Panthers get- 2nd

 

Giants get- Ryan Kalil

 

I know it's not likely to trade a center for a high round pick, but Kalil is a probowl caliber center.  I imagine they want to protect Manning and give that team a good line to run behind. (Specially with their duo of running back)  I see that team has three centers currently on the roster, and that tells me they are not strong at that position.  I don't think it's so far fetched, but what does this move do for us and why would I make it?  One, perhaps it saves us money.  I think we could bring in a decent center to replace Kalil, and I already have my eye on one.  With more money, the more likely we will be able to bring in quality free agents, while at the same time having money to re-sign guys like Cam, Luke, and Norman.  That's my biggest reason for making this move.

 

 

 

Free Agent Market:

 

 

Bryan Bulaga

 

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He's a LT playing RT, so Green Bay can drive his contract price down.  Unless the Packers slap him with the tag, I believe he should enter the free agent market to play for a team that wants him to be on the blindside, and will pay him for it.  That will be us if the Panthers were smart.

 

 

 

Antrel Rolle

 

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He's a productive safety who can cause his fair share of turnovers.  Should come in on a friendly deal.

 

 

 

Bruce Carter

 

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Another guy who should come in on a friendly deal.  In any case, what linebacker wouldn't want to come and play with Kuechly and Davis?  Carter is young enough and perhaps talented enough to eventually take over TD's spot, but in the meantime it would be great to have three great linebackers.  He's had 5 ints this past season, so his hands are good to play against the passing game.

 

 

 

 

NFL Draft:

 

 

 

1st Round- Cameron Erving

 

 

 

 

I was really impressed by how he played when he moved to center.  I know we need wide receiver help, but this would be a very good pick up at 25.  I don't think a top OT will fall.  I'm not much of a fan of La'el Collins or Brandon Scherff.  A lot of people are saying they may be better suited playing OG at this level.  The way I see it, if Andrus Peat or Ereck Flowers are not there, you go BPA.  In this case, I'm taking the best center.

 

 

 

 

2nd Round (Kalil trade)- Sammie Coates

 

 

 

 

Many project him right now to be in the late first-early second range.  His college stats would suggest mid 2nd-early 3rd, but we all know about his speed and size.  Those two things alone could make his a sure first rounder.  Though some have questions about his ability to run a full route tree.  Is he nothing more than a guy who runs go routes, or can he be something more?  I believe in the latter.  I didn't like the system at Auburn, and I believe he was limited by it.

 

 

 

 

2nd Round- Rashad Greene

 

 

 

 

He's been a reliable guy throughout his career at Florida State.  So he has that experience type of edge about him, even though he would be a rookie receiver.  Would peg him as a our slot guy, and he can return punts.

 

 

 

 

3rd Round- Chris Hackett

 

 

 

 

Hackett is a safety that could rise up on the boards.  He has a pension for hard hits, and would suit us well as a prospect for our long term SS.  TCU had a great year.  Some would say they got snubbed out of the college playoffs.  In any case, I got to believe this guy had something to do with how their season went.

 

 

 

 

4th Round- Cedric Reed

 

 

 

 

This whole year I was questioning what was wrong with this kid.  It didn't look like he was giving much effort at all, and to me I was wondering if he was even worth a draft pick. (Which considering his junior year's stats, it would be a heck of a fall in draft status)  Yet now I know why he has been playing with seemingly no explosiveness.  He's been playing with a torn meniscus.  He was still able to get 6 sacks, 3 in one game.  So now I'm looking at a pretty good prospect to replace Greg Hardy long term.  We'll see.

 

 

 

 

5th Round- Sean Hickey

 

 

 

 

I suppose this would be a value pick.  Earlier in the year, he was worth 2nd-3rd, yet now he fell back a bit.  Ideally I would sign another OT in free agency to compete with Remmers. (Then again, the ideal situation would be getting Peat or Flowers in the first)

 

 

 

 

6th Round- Marcus Murphy

 

 

 

 

Someone to compete at RB and PR/KR

 

 

 

 

7th Round- Michael Bennett

 

 

 

 

Ah, I just like his consistency.  Every time I watched a Georgia football game, this guy played in key roles in moving the ball through the air.  If he shows he has some speed in his combine or pro-day if he's not invited to the combine, this would be a great value pick.

 

 

 

Projected Depth Chart: Starters

 

 

QB- Cam Newton

RB- Jonathan Stewart

FB- Mike Tolbert

WR- Kelvin Benjamin

WR- Sammie Coates ® or Rashad Greene ®

TE- Greg Olsen

LT- Bryan Bulaga (FA)

LG- Andrew Norwell

C- Cameron Erving ®

RG- Trai Turner

RT- Mike Remmers

 

RE- Kony Ealy

DT- Kawann Short

DT- Star Lotulelei

LE- Charles Johnson

OLB- Thomas Davis

MLB- Luke Kuechly

OLB- Bruce Carter (FA)

CB- Josh Norman

FS- Tre Boston

SS- Antrel Rolle (FA)

CB- Bene Benwikere

 

K- Graham Gano

P- Brad Nortman

KR- Rashad Greene ® or Marcus Murphy ®

PR- Rashad Greene ® or Marcus Murphy ®


Last night showed why we need Steph Curry, and need to trade Kemba in the next two years

15 January 2015 - 11:01 AM

The guys played great last night in coming back against the Spurs.  However, when we were in range to take the lead, we started taking some awful shots, not spreading the ball around.  Kemba in particular was leading that charge, trying to dribble past two or three guys to make a lay up.  It's times like these we don't need to be a ball hog.  Curry would have used his guys to at least get more open looks.  I don't have a problem with Kemba taking his shots, but dag, trying to dribble past two or three defensive guys?  Come on man!  Though I do like him trying to prove himself to be a star.  It makes it better when we do trade him.


Which secondary gives up less passing yards this Saturday night?

07 January 2015 - 11:03 AM

Ever since we changed up our starting secondary in our second game against the Saints, the Panthers' defense has been off the chain.  I don't believe we gave up a deep pass down the field since that time. (I know the Browns were able to get a long touchdown pass, but that was off a quick slant if memory serves me correctly)  So who gives up less passing yards in our game this Saturday?  Legion of Boom, or the Legion of Whom?  For those who aren't familiar, of course the Legion of Whom is a name Jon Gruden gave to the Panther's secondary during our MNF game against the Patriots last year if I'm not mistaken.


How rare is it...

28 December 2014 - 08:40 PM

...that we have two corners that can not only cover, but can tackle as well?  Josh Norman and Bene Benwikere are really holding things down.  They have potential to be better than Chris Gamble and Ken Lucas in their heyday. (Their best year was the 05-06 season I believe)  As for Bene, I always figured he would be our shutdown nickel corner.  I had no idea he would be this good on the outside, holding his own against everyone he's been up against so far.  As for Norman, he really flipped a light switch this year.  We all knew he had ball hawk skills, but now we can put him up there with the top corners in the league.  I'm not saying Norman has arrived, which shows you his true potential, but I would take him right now from among the top corners to shut down big time receivers.  Let's see if they can hit new heights in this playoff run.