We all know that the Carolina Panthers need help at wide receiver, but that's not their biggest need. Left tackle is actually the team's most glaring weakness.
The retirement of Jordan Gross put the team in a tough spot. Not only must they completely rebuild the wide receiver corps, but they must find a blindside protector to keep Cam Newton's jersey clean. Add those needs on top of existing holes throughout the offensive line and secondary, and this is a big offseason for Dave Gettleman and the front office.
Taylor Lewan comes with some off-field question marks, but he's the tough-as-nails blocker the team needs when facing NFC South defenses. That he's still available at No. 28 overall is more due to the allegations off the field than it is a lack of talent.
60 — Carolina Panthers: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
92 — Carolina Panthers: Keith McGill, CB, Utah
128 — Carolina Panthers: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
168 — Carolina Panthers: Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame
204 — Carolina Panthers: Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Colorado State
Just brain-storming hypotheticals here with regard to the upcoming draft.
If a top-notch DE like Kony Ealy (and he's a damn beast) is available at our pick #28, considering the depth at the WR position and at the OT position in this draft (players like Davante Adams, Donte Moncrief, and Jordan Matthews might well be available to us in the 2nd/3rd rounds, as well as OTs like Antonio Richardson, Jack Mewhort, and Joel Bitonio likely available), would taking a guy like Ealy give us really, really good flexibility for our DE position?
Because we all know that, after this year, one or the other of Kraken or CJ are likely to be gone.
I want both an impact WR and OT in this draft as much as anybody (maybe more than anybody when it comes to the OT spot). But if a true impact player like Ealy is sitting their and only the second tier 1st round grades at WR are available and only 2nd round grades at OT are available, wouldn't Ealy be a great choice considering how good of a player he is and the flexibility it provides us?
Fisher, speaking for the league’s competition committee, said this morning that the NCAA had also asked the league to crack down on taunting, to prevent a trickling down through all levels of football.
As such, the league’s going to crack down on taunting.
The new emphasis adds one more thing for officials to worry about on the field, but Fisher was adamant that things were moving down the wrong road. With commissioner Roger Goodell opening the meetings with an emphasis on “respect,” it’s hardly a surprise.
But it’s clear they want things to change.
There are a number of "high intensity" players who are going to cost their teams some yards if the officials truly follow through on this direction. Especially DBs and WRs.
Cam Newton just rolled out of the #Auburn athletics complex on a scooter designed to keep his wrapped left foot airborne. Odd sight.
I'd like to see a picture of that... Cam scootering around campus with post-surgical bad foot.
And this tweet from a 5-star high school QB (Torrance Gibson) that AU is recruiting on Auburn's campus today:
Just had a great conversation with Cam Newton.
It's nice to have a previous Heisman Trophy winning, National Championship winning, overall NFL 1st pick, NFL Rookie of the Year QB on campus to "accidentally" bump into highly rated QBs that Auburn is recruiting.