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Zod's Official Panthers Mock Draft Rounds 1-3

Apr 22 2014 07:15 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
Here we are folks, two weeks out from the draft. I have crunched the numbers and applied out proprietary algorithm.

The following is a spoiler alert.


Round 1 - Morgan Moses - OT - Virginia

The departure of Desean Jackson in Philly solidifies their Brandin Cooks selection, who was previously my pick for the Panthers. Moses may be best at right tackle, which would make for much camp intrigue. Could the Panthers really be considering Byron Bell at left tackle? Could be. Bonus: The Moses selection would open up the floodgates for corny Old Testament puns from our tired local media.

Round 2 - Marcus Roberson - CB - Florida

This is a classic best player available pick. Yes, wide receiver is a huge need, but cornerback is not far behind. Roberson is a value at pick 60. He won the starting job at Florida as a true freshman. He could be a day 1 starter as well, which is all you can ask for from a second round pick.

Round 3 - Jared Abbrederis - WR - Wisconsin

Abbrederis is the best route runner in the draft. Under the tutelage of Ricky Proehl he will develop into a reliable clutch possession receiver. This kid is first and foremost a football player, and Gettleman is a guy that appreciates that. Abbrederis is as close to pro ready as any WR in this draft.

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Ooooo shiny.

You had me until Abbrederis

Moses or Kouandjio. I hate that either is the best we can do at OT, but that's the way it is.

Quite reasonable

I like if we need to get used to picking late in the draft. That is the cost of winning

If we pick marcus roberson in the 2nd round i will lose all faith in our drafting ability. the guy was riddled with injuries and runs a 4.6 as a CB, which isnt exactly bad but its not speed you would like in a 2nd round CB. He would be far from the BPA at 60, i dont know where you get that information.

 

Abbrederis is rated as a 4th or 5th rounder too.. this is the most Hurney draft board ive seen since 2010

Not feeling this. 

 

Moses, yes ok.

 

Roberson, i question his effort. 

 

Abbrederis, maybe a number 2? we already have many 2 and 3's on the roster and you can get them every year in FA and the draft. 

 

This gets a D+ to C- at best. IF Roberson turns out to be a stud then a B. Abbrederis in the 3rd when we can get some good OL kills this draft imo. 

Seems reasonable. I think Abbrederis will be a solid #2 for a long time. I would prefer we take Latimer in the 2nd instead of Roberson and grab a DB in the 4th though.

Not feeling this. 

 

Moses, yes ok.

 

Roberson, i question his effort. 

 

Abbrederis, maybe a number 2? we already have many 2 and 3's on the roster and you can get them every year in FA and the draft. 

 

This gets a D+ to C- at best. IF Roberson turns out to be a stud then a B. Abbrederis in the 3rd when we can get some good OL kills this draft imo. 

 

There isn't a #1 that will produce this season anywhere near our selection.

 

The other guys we do have not are on short contracts.

 

We need to draft a solid 2.

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Would be ok with this. Dg's failure to fill the LT position in FA hurts. We could get a playmaker at 28 but cant wait to fill that hole on the line.

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I am not going to crucify a man for sticking his neck out there with his mock draft--even if he picks Moses.  I think the biggest challenge is not to criticize because his picks do not fit my vision, but to look at these moves from a different perspective.

 

Abbrederis is the kind of WR people fall in love with because he is ready to go day 1.  Route running is a valuable commodity in the NFL, a skill many do not develop and many fans do not notice--they just think the QB threw another bad ball. Proehl will value his hands, his ability to beat the jam, and his routes. WRs bust so often because we value the wrong things going in.

 

If you think he is a low fourth or fifth rounder, watch the Ohio State game vs. Roby. 

 

I will add that I think round 2 will be loaded with WRs, but if Rivera is true to his word about not needing a true #1, then Abbrederis might be a great pick in the third round.

There isn't a #1 that will produce this season anywhere near our selection.

 

The other guys we do have not are on short contracts.

 

We need to draft a solid 2.

 

It's even questionable he will be a solid #2. Porb more reasonable to think we will be a good (better than solid) slot guy / #3. 

 

Yes our Wr's are on short contracts but that is irrelevant. The point is we have them, can extend them, and easily replace them every year. #2's are fairly easy to come by. 

 

We dont really have the luxury to be drafting a WR in the 3rd who is a #3 or #2 at best, when we have major OL issues. 

 

Even if you were to take a WR in the 3rd, he needs to atleast have potential to be a #1. 

 

The 3rd will be prime spot to secure another decent - solid T ie Fleming, Turner, Hurst, Richardson, James, Mewhort, etc. 

I am not going to crucify a man for sticking his neck out there with his mock draft--even if he picks Moses.  I think the biggest challenge is not to criticize because his picks do not fit my vision, but to look at these moves from a different perspective.

 

Abbrederis is the kind of WR people fall in love with because he is ready to go day 1.  Route running is a valuable commodity in the NFL, a skill many do not develop and many fans do not notice--they just think the QB threw another bad ball. Proehl will value his hands, his ability to beat the jam, and his routes. WRs bust so often because we value the wrong things going in.

 

If you think he is a low fourth or fifth rounder, watch the Ohio State game vs. Roby. 

 

I will add that I think round 2 will be loaded with WRs, but if Rivera is true to his word about not needing a true #1, then Abbrederis might be a great pick in the third round.

 

Why get him in the 3rd though when theres a GREAT chance hes still there at our 4th or possibly even 5th? Zod just doesnt know much about football or football operations so I give him an A for effort but these are not logical selections for the value they are currently rated [outside of moses maybe].
 

Why get him in the 3rd though when theres a GREAT chance hes still there at our 4th or possibly even 5th? Zod just doesnt know much about football or football operations so I give him an A for effort but these are not logical selections for the value they are currently rated [outside of moses maybe].
 

 

 

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Why get him in the 3rd though when theres a GREAT chance hes still there at our 4th or possibly even 5th? Zod just doesnt know much about football or football operations so I give him an A for effort but these are not logical selections for the value they are currently rated [outside of moses maybe].
 

 

You are nuts if you think Abredaris will be there at the end of the 4th or 5th. 

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We have exactly jack poo at WR right now. Some of these vets that get talked about may not even be on the final roster.

We have exactly jack shit at WR right now. Some of these vets that get talked about may not even be on the final roster.

 

Very possible.

My concern with Moses (who I'm beginning to think will be our pick unless something drastic happens with a player falling on draft day) is that he is a RT. He played that mostly in college. He admits that he likes blocking for RBs on the edge...

The guy is a through and through RT. Which still puts us with either waiting until later to get a LT. Or, actually trying out Bell and waiting for someone to get cut in te preseason.
You know we are going Oline in the first round. It's definitely certain if Cooks is gone ( my selection at 28 in my mock). I really like Abbredaris but have bought my ticket on the Moncrief in the 2nd or 3rd Train. He would be a great addition. Bring on May 8th!!!
No way JA goes in the 4th... Well not no way but a slim %.

I'm willing to bet anything that he is high up on our board. The things he does best is exactly what our coaching staff and GM values most in WR prospects.

The dude has literally destroyed DB, based on his route running alone. He might not be explosive but he's shifty and has the ability to get decent yac.

Check out the dude's tape for Ohio State for example. He massacred Roby who is expected to be a 1st rounder by same. Roby tried being physical with him, even interferes multiple times but Abbrederis just kept getting open, over and over again. His double moves are just a thing of beauty and he looks like a pro already.

Pre combine he was projected as a late 2nd, 3rd guy by most. Now with people salivating over measurables and upside he has fallen by the way side(like every year).

My concern with Moses (who I'm beginning to think will be our pick unless something drastic happens with a player falling on draft day) is that he is a RT. He played that mostly in college. He admits that he likes blocking for RBs on the edge...

The guy is a through and through RT. Which still puts us with either waiting until later to get a LT. Or, actually trying out Bell and waiting for someone to get cut in te preseason.

 

We need a good RT though don't we? He could start day 1 at right tackle. There is no prospect within our reach that could start for us this year at LT. I suspect we will look in free agency or trade before the season begins for a serviceable vet LT to compete with Bell.

You are nuts if you think Abredaris will be there at the end of the 4th or 5th. 

 

Ok, fair.. but its also nuts to think he or roberson will be the BPAs at our picks in the 2nd or 3rd, actually thats just downright retarded.

We need a good RT though don't we? He could start day 1 at right tackle. There is no prospect within our reach that could start for us this year at LT. I suspect we will look in free agency or trade before the season begins for a serviceable vet LT to compete with Bell.


Yeah, I totally agree that there is a need for RT. But, I think there are other prospects to be had later that could play RT just a as effectively. Fleming being the main one I'm thinking of.

Overall, I agree with your mock. Jared is a guy I'm sure we'll look at just due to how solid he is. Seems like a Gettleman guy. In the 2nd, I have no idea what we're going to do.

Ok, fair.. but its also nuts to think he or roberson will be the BPAs at our picks in the 2nd or 3rd, actually thats just downright retarded.


Retarded? What are you basing this off of?

Abbrederis could easily be BPA in the 3rd...