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#3355370 The Reason we made the trade for Devin Funchess

Posted by panthers55 on 04 May 2015 - 07:07 PM

Where are all the folks dissing this pick. When I was one of the earliest to say he could be a beast at his size I got a ton of comments about how slow he was, he had poor hands, poor route runner, and so forth. Suddenly we pick him and Gettleman says how great he will be and now everyone is singing his praises. Funny how the worm turns so quickly around here.

#3351253 Round 5, Pick 33, 169th Overall The Carolina Panthers Select LB David Mayo,...

Posted by panthers55 on 02 May 2015 - 03:14 PM

So we have our Luke light as our backup middle linebacker. What a good story and a driven smart hard working guy with skills and a willingness to do whatever it takes to make the team. There is a whole to like here.

#3346955 Secondary Roles of Shaq, Bene, Tillman,etc.

Posted by panthers55 on 01 May 2015 - 05:01 PM

Shaq stays on the field with Bene or Tillman replacing Harper vs. 3+ WR sets.

When we face teams with bigger, older #2 WRs like Roddy White, Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, or Andre Johnson, I'd expect Tillman to be the #2 CB. He'd match-up better against those bigger, slower guys.

When we face smaller, faster, younger #2 WRs like Victor Cruz, DeSean Jackson, or Randall Cobb, Benwikere should be the #2 CB to match-up against that speed and quickness better.

I agree with you. I think that he will compete at weakside linebacker and learn how to play safety in practice until he is ready to start. He will learn as fast as he can and his effort hasn't been questioned so it will simply be a matter of getting enough reps at both positions in order to learn his responsibilities in this defense. As you know, McDermott's defense requires high accountability and any breakdowns can result in big gains for the opponent. I hope he is a quick learner and a good instinctive player. I like his athleticism but here we go again with the rookies. Call me biased but I like veterans to start until the rookies show they know what they should be doing all the time. Or have the speed to recover and minimize the damage. As a panther fan you have to hope he lives up to the faith the Panthers had in drafting him in the first round. I will be his biggest fan once he proves to be the best guy out there.

#3344892 Round 1 - Carolina Panthers Select Shaq Thompson

Posted by panthers55 on 30 April 2015 - 11:28 PM

I still wanted Perriman at this pick.  We will see what Thompson can do and obviously we will pick a receiver in this draft.  Still with 4.2 speed at that size, I think he would have been ideal for Cam.

#3342322 A Humphries / Fisher Double Dip

Posted by panthers55 on 30 April 2015 - 01:55 PM

I expect us to take an OL in the first 3 rounds but I would hate a double dip in rounds 1 and 2. If all we needed was a better O line then fine but we have other needs as well.

#3332538 Devin Smith route tree breakdown

Posted by panthers55 on 23 April 2015 - 10:46 PM

Good breakdown. He will be taken by a west coast team before our pick in the secon unless there is a run on wide receivers and someone drafts him in the first. I think he is a great speedster and a good receiver but he isn't physical enough for our team. We need s a willing run blocker and a guy who blocks downfield as well as a great receiver. He isn't that big or strong and relies too much on his speed to get open. I think we will take a receiver in the first 3 rounds but I suspect that Gettleman wants a fast big receiver with speed. But if several other guys are gone he could be our choice.

#3327925 This Devin Funchess guy...(WR Michigan)

Posted by panthers55 on 20 April 2015 - 03:49 PM

If we don't grab a WR round 1, a really interesting scenario could be Funchess in the 2nd and Hardy/Greene in the 3rd.  I personally think the Hill stuff is just coach speak but you never know. 


Concerning these speedy guys: They can be so boom or bust I'd just as much take a flyer on a Kenny Bell in round 5 or 6 and get a sure-fire athletic specimen early. 

Obviously it will depend on who is out there when we pick but I really dont think we will pick a wide receiver in the first unless one of the top 3 or 4 fall and most mocks dont have that happened.  Once you get down past 5 or 6 there isnt much difference between them and what you can get in the third round or lower.  And yeah I am not holding out any hope on Hill.  I was one of the guys saying that I wouldnt draft him before the 3rd round when he came out while some others wanted him in the first.

#3327886 This Devin Funchess guy...(WR Michigan)

Posted by panthers55 on 20 April 2015 - 03:19 PM

Because he plays glacially slow and sucks as a WR so people want him to play TE where he is a better fit athletically and he played there earlier in his career. Problem there is he isn't tough and is a bad blocker.

Seems your opinion isnt shared by most other scouts.  He ran a 4.47 pro day 40 and has similar measurables to Benjamin.  He isnt a bad blocker and no one says he is soft.  Take your pick of sites:










The biggest knocks are that is still somewhat raw and doesnt use his size to his advantage which is just as much about coming out as a junior when he could have used another year of seasoning.  He is not ready to start day 1 as some other guys are, but his upside is as big as Benjamin. picking him in the second would be a great investment in our wide receiver future.

#3327844 A closer look at Todd Gurley

Posted by panthers55 on 20 April 2015 - 02:43 PM

If there were not injury concerns he would be taken in top 15.  He maybe there when we pick only because of injury concerns.  I could see us taking him at out pick but not moving up to take him. There are so many other guys out there who can run the rock and plenty of other choices at our pick without falling in love with one player and reaching for him.  Fortunately this is not Hurney but Gettleman making the decision.

#3327825 This Devin Funchess guy...(WR Michigan)

Posted by panthers55 on 20 April 2015 - 02:30 PM

Fist of all the guy that Funchess is often compared to on draft sites is you guessed it, Kelvin Benjamin. Secondly, while he ran a 4.7 at the combine he ran a 4.47 at his pro day which was faster than Benjamin (4.61) and great for a guy that size.  What he brings to the table is 6'4" 232 lbs with a huge wingspan and good athleticism.  He went from being one of the best athletic hybrid guys to an after thought due to 2 tenths of a second on the 40.  Forget he had a 4.68 shuttle and a 6.98 3 cone and is only a junior coming out of college.


He would be a good second rounder unless the Panthers really see Stephen Hill as a real possibility at which point we need a slot receiver more than a number 2.  I know there is no guarantee Hill will do anything but Proehl was very high on him and really didnt need to say anything if he wasnt impressed by him.

#3326538 Top 10 2014/2015 WR prospects

Posted by panthers55 on 19 April 2015 - 09:52 AM

You can't really compare the two. Anything you say about 2014 will be colored by how they did their rookie year. Anything about 2015 is a big unknown. For example Benjamin is being evaluated based on his rookie season not just on what type of potential he had coming out of college. While White, Cooper, and Parker are all unknown and we don't know who will boom or bust which will color our view of how big a prospect they were next year.

#3326500 Ronlad Darby in the 2nd or 3rd?

Posted by panthers55 on 19 April 2015 - 08:39 AM

Most scouts like his pass defense skills but question his toughness and willing to tackle backs in the run game. Something very necessary in our scheme.

#3323550 Ricky Proehl... WR coaching genius or overrated?

Posted by panthers55 on 16 April 2015 - 02:02 PM

Steve Smith said that Proehl took him under his wing and taught him how to look at film, run routes and read defenses when he and Smitty were players for us.  When your best receiver ever says he owes a lot to Proehl it makes me think he is pretty good player.coach.  Ricky is respected for what he did on the field especially since he really did not have great physical skills.  What he teaches guys are the fundamentals as well as the tricks of being an NFL receiver after doing it for so long.  That is invaluable experience to have a coach who is respected because he not only talks a good game but also played at a high level as well..

#3323533 Ricky Proehl... WR coaching genius or overrated?

Posted by panthers55 on 16 April 2015 - 01:51 PM

In fairness he was an offensive consultant in 2011 and an assistant wide receiver coach in 2012 and only became the wide receiver coach in 2013.  So he only really worked with LaFell for 2 years.  If you look at LaFell's numbers they really were comparable for the last 2 years here compared to New England.

He averaged 15 yards per catch in 2012 and a TD for every 10 catches.  He averaged 12.8 yards a catch in 2013 with a TD every 10 catches.  Low and behold he went to New England and again averaged 12.9 yards per catch and a TD every 10 catches.


2012- 44 catches and 677 yards, 4 TDs  76 targets- 44 receptions. 57.9%

2013- 49 catches and 627 yards and 5 TDs 86 targets- 49 receptions 57%

2014- 74 catches and 953 yards and 7 TDs. 119 targets- 74 receptions. 62.2%


He caught more passes in 2014 but his yards per catch and catches per TD were very similar over the past 3 years. Plus the slightly higher completion percentage is likely due to Brady throwing easier passes and the scheme which throws shorter passes and expects more YAC.  he gets all the hype because it is New England not that he improved that much.

#3320358 Predict the level of outrage....

Posted by panthers55 on 13 April 2015 - 12:26 PM

It would seem like most years when they don't draft who I want and pick up guys I have never heard of. Outraged? Not at all. I do believe the Panthers can not only pick good players but in the lat few years have begun to develop them as well.