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Trai Turner Drafted, Running backs Rejoice

May 10 2014 05:16 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
Sometimes it takes some digging to find the motivation behind draft picks. Sometimes it is completely obvious.

The Carolina Panthers selection of Trai Turner in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft is a no brainer.

One of the biggest flaws of the Panthers offense last season was a lack of push at the point of contact. The offensive line struggled all season to move the chains on short distances. Hampered by injuries and mediocre offensive guard talent at best, they failed to move the chains in the running game.

So when Trai Turner, who Mel Kiper labeled as one of the best under the radar players in the draft, was still available in the third round for the Panthers the selection was possibly the easiest of the draft so far.

Turner has work to do and much to learn, but at a hog mollyish 6'3 and 310lbs he can do one thing for the Panthers immediately. He can pave the road for Williams and Stewart. While Turner struggled at times at LSU in pass protection, he excelled in run blocking. Scouts praise his ability to get push off the line and finish his blocks with the defenders on the ground. He also showed the ability to find linebackers after his first blocks are finished, something the guards last season were rarely able to accomplish. The result could be more reliable 4-5 yard runs and sustained drives.

You would be hard pressed to find anyone that watched the Panthers play last year that would disagree with this pick. He could very well start immediately, which is a rare find in the third round.

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carolina-chuck
May 10 2014 05:27 AM
Great pick! But what running back?

I was not be surprised if we go Kadeem Carey in the 4th if available. Would be tremendous value.

A running game to take pressure off Cam and our WR's, this can be good...

See a run blocking WR drafted a guard thats great at run block and DE that can get pressure.  Yeah we will be running the ball alot this season.

Yeah I will be honest I had to do some research on him to see who he was. I was impressed. Now all 3 of our interior line men can pull. Amini, Kalil, and Turner will hopefully ease the fact that half of our receiver core is unproven.

I still believe teams will challenge us with 8 in the box so we will have to prove ourselves early as an efficient offensive team in the passing attack as well as the run game. Taking a look at who we have at guard I believe he will be given every opportunity to play right away.
Doesn't say much about Kugbila.


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Making the run game catch fire again seems to be the direction.

 

The first thing gman said about drafting KB was that 8 in the box would go away because of the monster WR we just drafted.

Doesn't say much about Kugbila.


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He's still on the team? I've said it multiple times: I'll be shocked if Kugbila sees the field.


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Doesn't say much about Kugbila.


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He was a tackle coming out. If they think bell can play left maybe they believe he can play right.

He was a tackle coming out. If they think bell can play left maybe they believe he can play right.


If he could pan out to be a road grading RT, that will be a lot of Beef on that right side
This kid has also played against real competition unlike Kugbila and Silatolu before him. His learning curve will be shorter.
RG has been a sore spot for the offensive line for awhile. This is a good pick.
In addition, Mayock commented that if Trai would have waited and entered the draft next year, he would have been a first round pick.
Ellington and Desir were still on the board. Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks, and ASJ are now in our div. Ive never even heard of this guy. Just sayin

In addition, Mayock commented that if Trai would have waited and entered the draft next year, he would have been a first round pick.

 

I remember espn saying something simliar like turner was raw and should have stayed another year because he would have been a early 2rd

I had to research Turner as well. I really like this pick.  But I will also take the wait and see approach because we have been burned before by O-linemen we thought would be good for us in the trenches,  He looks mean and nasty which is great. 

i like the pick. love it in fact. those tackles, tho....still really scary.

 

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Herbert The Love Bug
May 10 2014 09:09 AM
Turner/Kalil/Silatplu will be a nasty interior of our line for a while. Just have to sure up our tackle spots and we'll have a great o-line

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dancing bear. love the pick, RG spot has improved greatly.

This is one of my favorite Draft picks in recent years tbh.

Great pick! But what running back?

I was not be surprised if we go Kadeem Carey in the 4th if available. Would be tremendous value.

We do have some depth at running back. If we draft one this year he probably won't be playing anyway. Might as well get that next year instead.

RG was a major issue for sure and I actually liked Trai better than Billy. I was this close to drafting him in the 4th round in the draft game. Penciled him in and then changed it.

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dancing bear. love the pick, RG spot has improved greatly.

That boy that some attitude, we need that.

Doesn't say much about Kugbila.


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I think its more insurance in case we lose 4 freaking guards again to injury.

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dancing bear. love the pick, RG spot has improved greatly.

 

Ha!  I love it!  I can already see a Turner/Tolbert "fat boy" dance in the endzone

 

I am hoping Kug can play Tackle.