Carolina Panthers

Yes, the Carolina Panthers could draft another Defensive Tackle.

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So much is being talked about already this offseason when it comes to the Carolina Panthers and their first round selection, the eighth pick overall. Inevitably, when a Panthers draft discussion erupts, a joke is made about GM Dave Gettleman selecting another defensive tackle this year. Gettleman has quite a collection of young talent at the position, and it has become a tongue in cheek response to any draft proclamation.

But believe it or not, it could very well happen.

Before you tweet me a nasty comment, hear me out. With the recent news of Deshaun Watson entering the draft, a marquee player previously thought out of reach could fall to the eighth pick. While many Carolina Panthers fans are looking at wide receivers like Mike Williams or safeties like Jamal Adams, a premier defensive tackle could fall to the Panthers.

That defensive tackle is Alabama’s Jonathan Allen.

Mark my words, if Allen falls to the eighth pick, he will be the latest Carolina Panthers first rounder. Allen is considered to be a likely top 5 pick, but stranger things have happened, especially with three teams ahead of the Panthers in need of a quarterback.

I know, I know. This move would break the internet. But I believe the Panthers would not be drafting Allen as a defensive tackle, but instead as a classic 5 technique defensive end. A look into Allen’s history shows just how easy a transition that would be for him.

Allen went to receiver, to safety, to defensive line in High school. His intentions were never to be a 300 pound defensive tackle. Allen was originally recruited by Alabama to play outside linebacker. Once Allen hit 260 pounds he moved to defensive end where he was among the top 3 in the country as a sophomore.

Allen is a freak athlete that has shown the ability to not only adapt his mind but also his body to play a myriad of positions. In the NFL, he could easily drop 10 pounds and be the star defensive end that may actually contribute as a rookie, something most rookie defensive ends never do.

In short, Jonathan Allen is a football player that would excel at any position a team puts him in. Alabama head coach Nick Saban thinks so.

“Jonathan Allen has been a very productive player for us and certainly played well last year,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said of the still 6-foot-3 Allen, who played last year around 270 pounds. “I think his diversity as a player, being able to play outside, rush inside, still strong enough to play the point inside makes him a pretty special guy for us. He’s played really good football for us.”

So the next time someone throws a “the Panthers will select a defensive tackle” joke your way, understand that there may be a bit of truth in it.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Jake Delhomme

    January 10, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    ONLY if he can play on the OL… What good is a team who is stacked at one position with glaring weaknesses in others? The defense cannot win all the games for them every time… God I hope not.

  2. Vince

    January 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    And trust me Jake Delhomme would know! Lol

  3. Keath

    January 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    If this happens, I’m boycotting the team until Gettlemen is bagging groceries in some other town.

  4. Jay Morgan

    January 10, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I think it’s cool as long as he plays end not tackle. I was thinking the same thing last year about Butler but Allen would be a better fit.

  5. David

    January 11, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    We have good edge rushers in Ealy and Addison. Yes, Allen would be a great addition. However, if Panthers can get a Fournette or Cook they also get 5 other players (now that’s a deal). A new Benjamin, Funchess, Ginn, Brown and even Olsen. Getting that kind of running game going will scare the heck out of defenses loosening up the pressure on those receivers (can you say “performance”?). With a healthy OL including 2 all pros, a great crew on the DL (yeah yeah, some of these guys need some money), the Panthers need a stallion running out of the backfield to instill respect and fear. Panthers will be back, and there are still more draft picks behind the #8 spot to shore up those other positions. If logic prevails we must have a premier running back. Just ask Dallas.

    • Kev

      January 11, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Dallas got a stud RB only after building the best OL in the NFL. Remember, even DeMarco Murray had a huge season behind that OL.

    • Jeremy

      January 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Wait!?!? Easy a good edge rusher? Bruh…

      • Jeremy

        January 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm

        Ealy**

  6. God

    January 12, 2017 at 11:02 am

    He wont get passed the Jags

  7. David

    January 13, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Fournette may not last until pick#8 but a great possibility for Cook or McCaffrey. It’s the CONCEPT! Imagine Cook and Stuart (if he withstands the cap) in tandem out of the backfield. And the OL is solid enough when healthy. Imagine the renewed confidence in Cam and the receivers as well. Success breeds success and a strong running game will fuel the entire Panthers machinery.

  8. Hoenheim

    January 13, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    This draft is stacked at Defensive End, and we don’t need more DTs for God’s sake. I really hope that the organization actually invests in an mostly offense dominated draft for once . Like taking Fournette in the 1st , OJ Howard or Jordan Legett in the 2nd, Dede Westbrook or the best receiver available at the top of the third , and draft a couple OTs ad well. In the mid to late rounds could pick up a one or a couple of Defensive Ends

  9. Hoenheim

    January 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I think the focus of this draft should be to get the best RB and TE available to groom into starters after Olsen and Stewart are done.

  10. panic

    January 13, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Ok, Lets say we get Allen. Can I say if I found a little pup and my ( 3 year old) girl wanted to keep it, and nobody responded… that dog has a new home. Anyway back to my boys. If Getts was to draft Allen say hello to the 3-4. Think about it Short – Star – Allan on the line with Shaq- Mayo – Luke – TD on the LBs with our secondary. Pretty nasty…

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