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  1. Would you be willing to send a 7th rounder to the pats for Obi? I remember everyone wanting him in the draft a couple years back, he’s an athletic freak and could definitely play FS. New England seems willing to trade him, I think it’s worth a shot low risk high reward. We are really the only team that could offer him a chance to truly develop, and we could reap the rewards.
  2. That's player evaluation. 14. WR HAKEEM BUTLER, IOWA STATE Age: 23 | Athletic Profile: 80th percentile Where He Wins: Chris Ballard talks about the difficulties in evaluating receivers out of college, mainly due to them not facing physical press coverage. That is not Butler, as he has plenty of snaps face up against corners. Variety of releases versus press. Sometimes a bit slow with those releases, but he doesn't give up and creates that separation. Used all over the formation. Powerful YAC vs Oklahoma. Outstanding body control to adjust on floated targets. Heck, even saw him sink his hips and run a whip route on 4th down versus Iowa. At 6-foot-5, 227 pounds. Forecast: I don’t understand why Butler isn’t viewed as the No. 1 receiver in this class. I understand there were drops last season, but I try not to let a percentage of snaps cloud an entire list of positives. Butler wins at every level from every alignment. 36. S CHAUNCEY GARDNER-JOHNSON, FLORIDA Age: 21 | Athletic Profile: 66th percentile Where He Wins: Likely projects as a big nickel, third safety who fills the slot and aggressively plays outside runs or crashes the line. He also has positive reps as a split safety in the back half, anticipating targets and peeling off routes to make plays on the ball, like versus Michigan. Times he starts play on one side in the slot then makes the play on the other side of the field when recognizing run. Physical Forecast: Dane Brugler passed along word that CGJ’s interviews might not have been spectacular, so expect a selection in round 4 or 5. His on-field play warrants that. 42. CB JULIAN LOVE, NOTRE DAME Age: 21 | Athletic Profile: 60th percentile Where He Wins: Reads quarterbacks eyes and closes on the football. Often times he is one step in front of the quarterback, and that extra tick allows him to disrupt rather than allowing a completion. Love played a lot of off coverage and showed good mirror skills to stick with receivers who closed his cushion. Forecast: From my seat it looked like Notre Dame ran quite a bit of cover 2 zone, and the league more than ever is looking for press man corners or stick with receivers early on their release and stay in phase in routes. Love did not have many exposures in that. His best fit might be inside in the slot. 44. EDGE CHRISTIAN MILLER, ALABAMA Age: 23 | Athletic Profile: Injured Where He Wins: It is difficult to find his caliber of bend and flexibility to take advantage of positive positioning as a pass rusher. Not hyperbole, some snaps he gets parallel to the ground, which decreases his target zone, and allows him to break past the OL’s hips. Even if he gets beyond quarterback depth, he wants to work back inside. Miller lined up on both sides and has exposures of winning left and right. Forecast: Miller’s has missed most of the draft process with a hamstring injury. For a team that wants to be more multiple and utilize stand up rushers, he should intrigue. 53. IDL RENELL WREN, ARIZONA STATE Age: 24 | Athletic Profile: 77th percentile Where He Wins: Absolutely bull rushed his OL to the floor in first play vs Washington in 2017. Plays 1T and 3T. Locks out and finds ball to work towards making a play. Vision through separation. Carries weight very well, competes at a high level. His game is built on creating disruption in his first two steps. Forecast: There are a limited number of athletic interior disruptors in this class, and Wren is one. 58. S DEIONTE THOMPSON, ALABAMA Age: 21 | Athletic Profile: Injured Where He Wins: Best in a middle of field role, displaying range and closing quicks to make a play on receivers and ball carriers. He’s all about undercutting passes at the intermediate and downfield portions of coverage or closing and aiming low. On contested catches, he likes to wrap up with one arm and extend to disrupt the receiver's hands with the other. Forecast: Injury and down 2018 player likely is the driving factor in Thompson still being available on Day 3. 59. EDGE ANTHONY NELSON, IOWA Age: 22 | Athletic Profile: 78th percentile Where He Wins: Has a variety of moves that all resulted in success. His two-hand press-pull-release works in one on one situations. If he faces a tight end, Nelson can bully them back with a bull rush, then release when winning the balance battle. He also shows bend to maximize position on the outside. Forecast: The more I watched him, the more I liked him. Nelson has a pass rush plan and quite good movement skills, especially in tight areas, for a pass rusher of his size. 62. EDGE D’ANDRE WALKER, ALABAMA Age: 22 | Athletic Profile: ? Where He Wins: Squatty edge rusher who can also work as a drop end. He’s a bit like a condensed Josh Allen. His goal is to get to quarterback depth with his tackle catching up, then using his shorter frame to lean and take a tight line to the quarterback. Forecast: Often used as the fourth rusher but in a two-point stance. Wins on an outside line, but also closes quickly looping inside. Crashes down the line with intensity. 67. IOL DRU SAMIA, OKLAHOMA Age: 22 | Athletic Profile: 18th percentile Where He Wins: Easy mover who is always under control. Very good at staying active when left uncovered, checking defenders with his eyes and hands while not losing balance, then working to the second level. Smart player to recognize tackle-end stunts. Works to get back in phase when overextension does happen, and uses that momentum to still gain positive positioning. Forecast: Obviously played along the best offensive line in college football. Showed well during Senior Bowl week. Finisher. 69. EDGE MAXX CROSBY, EASTERN MICHIGAN Age: ? | Athletic Profile: 88th percentile Where He Wins: A bit hectic in his plan, as his hands and body can get animated and out of sync, but Crosby is super slippery. His athleticism shows up in his fluid movements and how he gets skinny to work the shoulders and angles of his blockers. Forecast: He’s wild and takes himself out of too many plays. Not knowing what you’re getting out of him every snap is a drawback, but if a team harnesses that movement, he can at least be a team’s third rusher. 72. WR Riley Ridley, Georgia 116. iDL Cortez Broughton, Cincinnati 73. RB Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska 117. LB Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame 76. WR Stanley Morgan, Nebraska 118. iOL Trevon Tate, Memphis 78. WR Emanuel Hall, Missouri 119. CB Corey Ballentine, Washburn 86. S Amani Hooker, Iowa 121. WR Kelvin Harmon, NC State 87. iOL Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas 123. CB Jordan Brown, SDSU 89. CB Isaiah Johnson, Houston 125. TE Foster Moreau, LSU 93. iOL Phil Haynes, Wake Forest 126. TE Alizé Mack, Notre Dame 94. iOL Lamont Gaillard, Georgia 127. RB James Williams. Washington St 95. iDL Daniel Wise, Kansas 128. iDL Michael Dogbe, Temple 97. CB Jimmy Moreland, JMU 129. iDL John Cominsky, Charleston 98. CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn St 131. iDL Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M 100. S Marvell Tell, USC 132. iDL Armon Watts, Arkansas 104. LB Mack Wilson, Alabama 133. EDGE Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma St 106. EDGE Charles Omenihu, Texas 137. CB Donnie Lewis Jr., Tulane 107. LB Blake Cashman, Minnesota 141. WR KeeSean Johnson, Fresno St 109. TE Trevon Wesco, WVU 142. WR Hunter Renfrow, Clemson 110. S Ugo Amadi, Oregon 143. CB Kris Boyd, Texas 112. RB Bryce Love, Stanford 144. LB Vosean Joseph, Florida 114. iDL Daylon Mack, Texas A&M 145. LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
  3. 30 Private Visits List: OT – Tytus Howard, Alabama State (Texans) C – Erik McCoy, Texas A&M OT – Kaleb McGary, Washington (Falcons) DT – Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State S – Darnell Savage, Maryland (Packers) DE – Brian Burns, Florida State (#16) DE – Montez Sweat, Mississippi State (Redskins) S – Taylor Rapp, Washington OT – Andre Dillard, Washington State (Eagles) DT – Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois QB – Clayton Thorson, Northwestern S – Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State (Raiders) CB – Byron Murphy, Washington LB – Christian Miller, Alabama OT – Bobby Evans, Oklahoma QB – Jarrett Stidham, Auburn OT – Jawaan Taylor, Florida OT – Greg Little, Ole Miss DE – Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan OT – Cody Ford, Oklahoma CB – Lonnie Johnson Jr, Kentucky OT – Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
  4. Josh Norris‏Verified account @JoshNorris FollowFollow @JoshNorris More In his afternoon post, @AlbertBreer says the teams he's heard most open to trading up are the #Panthers (16) and #Texans (23). "In all likelihood, it’d be a move to get one of the top three tackles." Keep in mind, HOU has two 2nds, and CAR has two 3rds
  5. This week on the Huddle Podcast Sammi and I sat down with Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer to discuss the Carolina Panthers NFL Draft and more. Topics include: - Top Panthers Needs - Likely round 1 targets - Offensive tackles - various off topic musings and thoughts ... don't like it? Don't care. Direct MP3 Link -> Clicky iTunes -> Clicky or listen right here in your browser....
  6. http://footballgameplan.com/fbgps-2015-nfl-draft-special-inside-the-war-room-carolina-panthers/ Good morning Panther fans! Here's my inside the war room special for you guys. Enjoy! Em
  7. The Panthers have not drafted a quarterback since 2011... they are due. Even though it doesn't appear to be a team need on the surface, the Panthers would be wise to invest a mid to late round pick on a quarterback project. Yes, Cam Newton is the starter and in all probability the long term solution at QB. However, backup Derek Anderson is a free agent in 2016 and should get quite a few looks from around the league. It is likely a team would be willing to give him a chance to start, something he does not have in Carolina. Joe Webb is also a free agent next season. The Panthers like Webb as a fill in for many positions, but not as a full time backup QB. So don't be shocked if this year Dave Gettleman selects a QB on day 3 of the draft. A guy they may be targeting is Oregon State senior Sean Mannion. Mannion is a projected round 4-5 QB, which places him squarely in the area the Panthers may be considering a project QB to be a high value pick. At 6'6 and 229 pounds, he has the physical build to be an elite NFL pocket passer. Throw in the fact that he played in a pro style offense, may be the most accurate passer in the draft, and has great arm strength and it becomes easy to imagine him being a 4th or 5th round steal. His lack of mobility seems to be the only reason he will fall in the draft. Luckily, the Panthers aren't concerned about mobility in their backup QB. (See Derek Anderson) Skills competition: Highlights: (Notice the pocket presence)
  8. As the NFL Draft is one month away, I thought I would lay out for you who I believe are the Carolina Panthers top targets are in round 1. I've crunched the numbers, looked at the fit, checked the visitations, and listened to the whispers. So without further ado.... Carolina Panthers Round 1 Possibilities Andrus Peat - OT - Stanford A NFL ready tackle that stands 6'7 and weighs 315 pounds. Have you heard the Panthers are in need of an offensive tackle? Yeah? Well, this could be the guy. It is somewhat doubtful that Peat lasts until pick 25, but it is possible. If he is there, he is the pick. Todd Gurley - RB - Georgia Aside from the injury, there isn't much not to love about this kid. The future of Jonathan Stewart is less than certain for next season. Gurley is one of the more talented runners to come out of the draft in years. If he should fall to 25, Gettleman would have a tough time not selecting him. Huge value at 25. Landon Collins - S - Alabama Had a nice meeting with the Panthers a while back. He is a prototypical Ron Rivera strong safety, that is to say he is aggressive against the run. Many will tell you he can't cover, but don't listen to them. You aren't rated the #1 safety in the draft if you cannot play in the defensive backfield. Could replace Roman Harper on day 1. Jaelen Strong - WR - Arizona St As stated in my current receiver depth chart, the Panthers are without a solid #2 receiver to compliment Kelvin Benjamin. Well, Jaelen Strong could be the ideal guy at pick 25 to fill that need. Not the fastest receiver in the draft, but makes up for it in routes, hands, work ethic, and instincts. Gettleman prefers these types of players as seen in previous drafts. (insert "the game is not played in underwear" audio clip) Cedric Ogbuehi - OT - Texas A&M An offensive tackle with a torn ACL in round 1? Yes, it could happen. If none of the above prospects are available in round 1, I feel the Panthers are interested enough in Ogbuehi to select him. If not for the ACL injury, Cedric is easily a top 10 pick. Like Gurley, it would be hard for Gettleman to pass up this kind of value. Remember, Gettleman is a 5 year plan guy. Selecting a player that may not play his rookie year is very possible. So there you have it, five guys I feel have a good shot at being selected in round 1 by the Panthers.
  9. <p>One of the more intriguing defensive players in this years draft is Shaq Thompson out of Washington. While reading up on his abilities, I couldn't help but make comparison's to the Panthers own Thomas Davis. Davis is in the twilight of his career, and now would be the time to groom an eventual replacement. Shaq Thompson might be the perfect candidate. Here is why... </p><div class="getty embed image" style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:66.666667% 0 0 0;width:100%;"><iframe src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/464197094?et=4WzUCeEVSTBuGhO4bkfhzQ&sig=TyTes7zgM3jcWewBnVSaJYR3WOstTvvONzjJcLPaoFs=&caption=true" width="594" height="396" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;"></p><div style="padding:0;margin:0 0 0 10px;text-align:left;"><a data-ipb='nomediaparse' href='http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/464197094' target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">View image</a> | <a data-ipb='nomediaparse' href='http://www.gettyimages.com' target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">gettyimages.com</a></div></div><p> </p><p>First, the measurables ... </p><p> </p><p><strong>Thomas Davis 2005 Draft Profile</strong></p><p> </p><p>Height - 6'1</p><p>Weight - 230</p><p>40 yard dash - 4.6</p><p>3-Cone - 7.10</p><p>Vertical - 36.5</p><p>20 Yard Shuttle - 4.01</p><p> </p><p><strong>Shaq Thompson 2015 Draft Profile</strong></p><p> </p><p>Height - 6'0</p><p>Weight - 228</p><p>40 yard dash - 4.64</p><p>3-cone - 6.99</p><p>Vertical - 33.5</p><p>20 yard shuttle - 4.08</p><p> </p><p>As you can see, the two have a similar size, with Thomas Davis being slightly taller. Thomas Davis has slightly faster straight line speed, but Shaq Thompson was faster in the 3 cone (a more important measurement for a linebacker, imo). </p><p> </p><p>Most NFL scouts have Thompson playing a OLB in a 4-3 scheme but have some concerns about his size and ability to keep enough weight on. Thomas Davis had these very same concerns surrounding him, enough so that coach John Fox tried him at safety early in his career. I am not so sure if Shaq Thompson's case that is of real concern to the Panthers. They have a good history of keeping guys bulked up through their training staff. </p><p> </p><p>Like Thomas Davis who played safety and linebacker at Georgia, Thompson also played outside and inside linebacker and safety on occasion. He also played running back, which is pretty incredible. This tells me this kid is just pure football player, and if there is one thing that Dave Gettleman loves, its real football players. </p><p> </p><p>Shaq Thompson is all over the place on the mock drafts. Most agree he is a first round selection, but no one knows where he should fall. It is hard to project with a player like Thompson. Many teams may pass on him due to his uncertainty. It will take a strong defensive mind to take him and put him in a place of success. </p><p> </p><p>Should Shaq fall to the 25th pick, don't be shocked if the Panthers pull the trigger on him. </p>
  10. One of the more intriguing defensive players in this years draft is Shaq Thompson out of Washington. While reading up on his abilities, I couldn't help but make comparison's to the Panthers own Thomas Davis. Davis is in the twilight of his career, and now would be the time to groom an eventual replacement. Shaq Thompson might be the perfect candidate. Here is why... View image | gettyimages.com First, the measurables ... Thomas Davis 2005 Draft Profile Height - 6'1 Weight - 230 40 yard dash - 4.6 3-Cone - 7.10 Vertical - 36.5 20 Yard Shuttle - 4.01 Shaq Thompson 2015 Draft Profile Height - 6'0 Weight - 228 40 yard dash - 4.64 3-cone - 6.99 Vertical - 33.5 20 yard shuttle - 4.08 As you can see, the two have a similar size, with Thomas Davis being slightly taller. Thomas Davis has slightly faster straight line speed, but Shaq Thompson was faster in the 3 cone (a more important measurement for a linebacker, imo). Most NFL scouts have Thompson playing a OLB in a 4-3 scheme but have some concerns about his size and ability to keep enough weight on. Thomas Davis had these very same concerns surrounding him, enough so that coach John Fox tried him at safety early in his career. I am not so sure if Shaq Thompson's case that is of real concern to the Panthers. They have a good history of keeping guys bulked up through their training staff. Like Thomas Davis who played safety and linebacker at Georgia, Thompson also played outside and inside linebacker and safety on occasion. He also played running back, which is pretty incredible. This tells me this kid is just pure football player, and if there is one thing that Dave Gettleman loves, its real football players. Shaq Thompson is all over the place on the mock drafts. Most agree he is a first round selection, but no one knows where he should fall. It is hard to project with a player like Thompson. Many teams may pass on him due to his uncertainty. It will take a strong defensive mind to take him and put him in a place of success. Should Shaq fall to the 25th pick, don't be shocked if the Panthers pull the trigger on him.
  11. <div>The following is my best guess at what will transpire in rounds 1-3 of the NFL Draft next month as far as the Panthers are concerned. </div><div> </div><div>All three picks are not only the best players available, but also players whose football talents line up perfectly with what the Carolina Panthers do on the field. </div><div> </div><div>So, without further ado... </div><div> </div><div> </div><div> </div><div><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>2015 Panthers Mock Rounds 1-3</strong></span></div><div> </div><div> </div><div><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 1 , Pick 25</strong></span></div><div> </div><div><strong>Landon Collins - S - Alabama</strong></div><div> </div><div>Gettleman practices what he preaches in picking the best player available, but also fills a need. Landon Collins is one of those guys that is projected high but could drop in the first round. He ran a good 40, but other than that had a rather average combine. He won’t drop out of the first round, but he could drop to the mid 20s where the Panthers will select him if available. </div><div> </div><div>Collins is a prototype Ron Rivera strong safety. He punishes runners and has sound tackling technique. He is the best run defense safety in the draft, and as Dave Gettleman always says, you have to first defend the run to be able to rush the passer. </div><div> </div><iframe width="300" height="169" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rrewHLPO1b8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><div> </div><div><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 2, Pick 57</strong></span></div><div> </div><div><strong>Jake Fisher - OT - Oregon</strong></div><div> </div><div>Fisher had arguably helped himself the most at the combine out of all offensive tackles, which will bump him up into the second round. Fisher isn’t the physical stud that the first round tackles are, but he is a true football player. The Ducks offensive line performance decreased drastically without Fisher in the lineup. Throw in the fact that he is accustomed to protecting a mobile QB, and this is a no brainer for the Panthers. </div><div> </div><iframe width="300" height="169" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HPisipQR_gU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><div> </div><div><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 3, Pick 89</strong></span></div><div> </div><div><strong>Nick O’Leary - TE - FSU</strong></div><div> </div><div>If there is one thing Ron Rivera and Mike Shula love, its an H-Back. A guy that can line up as a tight end or fullback opens up plenty of matchups that would be favorable to the Panthers. They tried this with both Ed Dickson and Brandon Williams last season, but had limited success. Nick O’Leary is the best H-Back this year’s draft and a good value in the late 3rd round.</div><div> </div><div>In addition, even though he is not much of a deep threat, he is a reliable receiver with solid hands for Cam Newton to target in mid to short yardage situations. He was a safety outlet for Winston at FSU, he can be one for Newton in Carolina. </div><div> </div><iframe width="300" height="169" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mg2QmmGlGY8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  12. The following is my best guess at what will transpire in rounds 1-3 of the NFL Draft next month as far as the Panthers are concerned. All three picks are not only the best players available, but also players whose football talents line up perfectly with what the Carolina Panthers do on the field. So, without further ado... 2015 Panthers Mock Rounds 1-3 Round 1 , Pick 25 Landon Collins - S - Alabama Gettleman practices what he preaches in picking the best player available, but also fills a need. Landon Collins is one of those guys that is projected high but could drop in the first round. He ran a good 40, but other than that had a rather average combine. He won’t drop out of the first round, but he could drop to the mid 20s where the Panthers will select him if available. Collins is a prototype Ron Rivera strong safety. He punishes runners and has sound tackling technique. He is the best run defense safety in the draft, and as Dave Gettleman always says, you have to first defend the run to be able to rush the passer. Round 2, Pick 57 Jake Fisher - OT - Oregon FIsher had arguably helped himself the most at the combine out of all offensive tackles, which will bump him up into the second round. Fisher isn’t the physical stud that the first round tackles are, but he is a true football player. The Ducks offensive line performance decreased drastically without Fisher in the lineup. Throw in the fact that he is accustomed to protecting a mobile QB, and this is a no brainer for the Panthers. Round 3, Pick 89 Nick O’Leary - TE - FSU If there is one thing Ron Rivera and Mike Shula love, its an H-Back. A guy that can line up as a tight end or fullback opens up plenty of matchups that would be favorable to the Panthers. They tried this with both Ed Dickson and Brandon Williams last season, but had limited success. Nick O’Leary is the best H-Back this year’s draft and a good value in the late 3rd round. In addition, even though he is not much of a deep threat, he is a reliable receiver with solid hands for Cam Newton to target in mid to short yardage situations. He was a safety outlet for Winston at FSU, he can be one for Newton in Carolina.
  13. Justin Coleman - CB - Tennessee 5'11 , 185lbs This year I expect the Panthers to address their need for a nickel in the mid to late rounds of the NFL Draft. Last season we saw the Panthers adjust to not having a solid nickel option by often going with their "buffalo" package, which placed safety Colin Jones in the nickel spot. While this had positive results in run defense, it was a liability at times against the passing game. A guy they could be targeting is Tennessee corner Justin Coleman. View image | gettyimages.com The Panthers met with Coleman at the East West Shrine Game and were impressed with him. Coleman is a perfect fit for what the Carolina Panthers look for at the nickel position. Namely, tenacity and run stopping ability. Coleman spent most of his senior year at nickel for the Vols, and had his best college season to date. Coleman helped himself greatly at the NFL Combine when he ranked as one of the quickest corners, posting top 5 results in both the 20 and 40 yard shuttle. He posted a 4.5 40 yard dash which gave his straight line speed the 6th best ranking. Throw in the fact that his 20 reps on the bench press was the third best in the group and it is clear Coleman has the physical skills the Panthers look for at nickel. These impressive combine numbers could possibly take him out of the sixth or seventh rounds and up into the fourth or fifth. The Panthers are expected to have at least one compensatory draft pick in the area Coleman is projected to be selected. This only increases the odds of Gettleman pulling the trigger on him.
  14. Justin Coleman - CB - Tennessee 5'11 , 185lbs This year I expect the Panthers to address their need for a nickel in the mid to late rounds of the NFL Draft. Last season we saw the Panthers adjust to not having a solid nickel option by often going with their "buffalo" package, which placed safety Colin Jones in the nickel spot. While this had positive results in run defense, it was a liability at times against the passing game. A guy they could be targeting is Tennessee corner Justin Coleman. The Panthers met with Coleman at the East West Shrine Game and were impressed with him. Coleman is a perfect fit for what the Carolina Panthers look for at the nickel position. Namely, tenacity and run stopping ability. Coleman spent most of his senior year at nickel for the Vols, and had his best college season to date. Coleman helped himself greatly at the NFL Combine when he ranked as one of the quickest corners, posting top 5 results in both the 20 and 40 yard shuttle. He posted a 4.5 40 yard dash which gave his straight line speed the 6th best ranking. Throw in the fact that his 20 reps on the bench press was the third best in the group and it is clear Coleman has the physical skills the Panthers look for at nickel. These impressive combine numbers could possibly take him out of the sixth or seventh rounds and up into the fourth or fifth. The Panthers are expected to have at least one compensatory draft pick in the area Coleman is projected to be selected. This only increases the odds of Gettleman pulling the trigger on him.
  15. Along with Deangelo's departure I see many media outlets assuming the Panthers draft a running back. I am not so sure about that. Most point to the fact that the Panthers lost Tyler Gaffney last season to the Patriots, but they forget that Fozzy Whitaker was brought in as a replacement. Fozzy ended up making the team and was a bright spot, as we all know. Also, Darrin Reaves was recently re-signed for another season. Reaves showed real promise in camp last season but dealt with injuries late. He stepped in as a starter in one game and performed about the same as the other runningbacks behind that offensive line (3.6 a carry). The Panthers are not done with this kid yet. So, looking at the roster it could be... Jonathan Stewart Mike Tolbert Fozzy Whitaker Darrin Reaves Honestly, that is a pretty darn good lineup both in terms of starter quality and depth.
  16. With at least eight and maybe as many as 10 draft picks this year, I think the Carolina Panthers select more than one offensive tackle throughout the draft. It would not shock me to see two or even three taken. The OT position on the team is the weakest and most shallow of all positions. As you know, I am done with the thought of drafting more small school projects. I want the biggest, meanest guys from large schools. I don't want to hear about upside and potential because of physical gifts. I want football players. That said, here are a few later round (rounds 5-7) offensive tackles that I think may be worth looking at. Rob Havenstein - OT - Wisconsin 6'8" 332lbs Talk about your Hog Mollie. This guy is the size of David Foucault but actually has legitimate football program experience at Wisconsin. Three year starter at right tackle. I like Havenstein because he is one of those guys that doesn't look all that athletic. He isn't a physical specimen and won't do all that well in the combine strength tests, just like Andrew Norwell. Because of that he will drop to round 5 or 6. But this kid is a real football player and has that mean streak I always appreciate on the line. I'd love to see the Panthers groom this guy for the right side. Possibly spelling Trai Turner at guard as he is groomed for a tackle spot in coming years. Austin Shepard - OT - Alabama 6' 5" 320 Here is another guy the Panthers could use right away as a backup guard and groom for the future. He took over at right tackle for Bama in 2013 and performed well ever since. Stronger in the run game than edge rushers, which is why I think he starts out at guard and can be groomed for the right side. Comes from a small town in Georgia, will enjoy staying in the south. Plus, he definitely looks and sounds the part... Both of these guys are projected as right side players. It will be difficult to find a left tackle in the later rounds, but the right side is a definite possibility. I would be happy if the Panthers spent a 5th - 7th round draft pick on either (or both) of these guys.
  17. From Walter Football Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee (EW) John Crockett, RB, North Dakota State (EW) Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke (SR) Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State (SR) John Miller, G, Louisville (EW) Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State (SR) Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State (SR) Wes Saxton, TE, South Alabama (EW) D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic (SR) Damian Swann, CB, Georgia (EW) Jordan Taylor, WR, Rice (EW) Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan (EW) Zach Zenner, FB, South Dakota State (EW) Breaking it down by soley the number of interviews, CB seems to be the heaviest emphasis... 4 CB 2 WR 1 RB 1 FB 1 TE 1 DT 1 OT 1 G 1 QB One of the most interesting prospect in my opinion here is Jamison Crowder who had a standout week at the Senior Bowl Could be an excellent compliment to the offense in the slot and an answer at punt returns. OT Ty Sambrailo is also an interesting prospect the Panthers interviewed. Some mocks have him going in the first round, but there is no way Gettleman reaches for him then. Walter Football has him going in the fourth round. He is all over the place in the mocks. The main concern around him appears to be his weight is mainly around the middle, and not in his legs. Will require some time in the weight room before he can play at the next level. Other than that, he has the size, arm span, and experience to be a solid tackle in the NFL. If he is still available in the third, he could be both the BPA and fill a need. Getts would pull the trigger on him.
  18. Here are what some of the more popular NFL Mock Draft websites are saying about the Panthers first round selection.... Walter Football La'el Collins, OT, LSU The Panthers couldn't block for Cam Newton whatsoever earlier in the season. The offensive line has been able to gel, but there are still some glaring holes there, particularly at both tackle positions. Bucky Brooks NFL.COM La'el Collins, OT, LSU It’s time for GM Dave Gettleman to upgrade the protection around Cam Newton. Drafttek Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin Running Back is not the first position that comes to mind when you think about the Panthers' needs. However, DeAngelo Williams may not return and if the often-injured Jonathan Stewart is the lead back, the Panthers would be rolling the dice. Even if Stewart stays healthy, he will be 28 going into next season. Gordon would be the future. He reminds me of a bigger and stronger version of Jamaal Charles. CBS Sports Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami The Panthers need offensive line help in the worst way and unless they address the position in free agency, tackle is the favorite to be the pick here. This pick had been Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi, but he will likely fall out of the first round due to his ACL tear, making Flowers a possibility for Carolina. FOX Sports T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh Clemmings might be the most athletic tackle in this draft class. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound tackle isn't a road paver, per se, but he has great footwork and fluidity. He needs some work on the technical aspects of the game, but can contribute during his rookie season. Carolina's offensive line was a mess before hitting its stride in the season's final month. The unit could use a top-flight talent like Cummings. NFL Draft Geek Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami I'm not a Cam Newton supporter in the slightest, but you have to give him credit for managing any sort of offense behind arguably the worst offensive tackle combination in the NFL. Left tackle Byron Bell and right tackle Nate Chandler combined to be receive a negative 49.5 grade from Pro Football Focus, a combined 16 QB sacks allowed and Bell ranking second in the NFL 38 QB hurries allowed. Luckily for Carolina the 2015 NFL Draft is exceptionally deep with offensive tackles and they should be able to get a pretty good one late in the first round. Behind Andrus Peat, Miami's Ereck Flowers is my favorite as he's proven to be a nasty, tough and reliable left tackle who buries defenders in the run game. - See more at:
  19. If I had to choose a Panthers player form the pat to compare Tyler Gaffney to, I would have to go with Stephen Davis. In addition to having nearly the same size, they appear to have the same game as well. The Similarities: Both just over 6 foot. Both around 220ish Both have shorter strides while running. Davis learned to run lower in the NFL, Gaffney hopefully will as well. Both are more straight forward runners, have limited shiftiness, and aren't afraid of contact. Both have the patience to let their blocks develop and follow them well. Stephen Davis selected in the 4th in 1996. That might translate today to the 7th or even an UDFA. Gaffney of course drafted in the 6th.
  20. 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.
  21. I had a feeling the Panthers would be going defense with their second round pick, but I was thinking cornerback. Instead, the Panthers draft a defensive end which is probably one of the areas least in need, until you scratch the surface. How did the guy that many labeled as the second best defensive end in the draft fall to the Panthers in round 2? Why would the Panthers select him? Well, it is fairly simple. It begins with "unnamed NFL scouts" who questioned his attitude. . Con man... Con man... seems like I have heard that somewhere before. Oh, that's right, Cam Newton was called a con artist before the NFL draft as well. Remind me how that turned out for the Panthers. When it comes to such strong terminology against a player, it is obviously personal. And when scouts leave the business mindset and get personal, it is time to ignore them. Clearly Gettleman saw past the rhetoric. But is defensive end a need for the Panthers? Obviously, David Gettleman thinks so. This pick could be the biggest indicator yet on how long term contract talks are going with Greg Hardy. If Hardy is no longer with the Panthers next season, which is looking more and more likely, Ealy could possibly step in with solid production. In Carolina, Ealy has the best case scenario. He does not have to come in and be the number one guy. He doesn't even need to be the number two guy. He can come in and learn from one of the best defensive line coaches in the game, Eric Washington. Washington has proven he can get production out of just about any defensive marginal talent given to him. I would expect big returns from a physical talent like Kony Ealy. A realistic projection this season for Ealy would be as a situational pass rusher and in the rotation to spell Hardy and Johnson. While I would have preferred a starter in round 2, I really cannot fault Gettleman for looking to the future here and taking not only the best player available, but also a position of need.
  22. Strengths: Good pass-rusher Fast, quick Capable of taking games over Can be dominant Plays with good pad level Good feet Quick get-off Good use of hands Repertoire of moves Able to use hands and feet at same time Has the ability to shed blocks Can beat double-teams Plays with good strength Athletic Can be extremely disruptive Splash plays Instinctive Capable run-defender
  23. With their first pick in the 2013 Draft the Carolina Panthers select Star Lotulelei Rarely does a player come along who so thoroughly dominates his competition that he generates buzz across the entire nation despite posting only average statistics and playing in a relatively small media market. That is precisely what 6-3, 318-pound defensive tackle Star Lotulelei accomplished for Utah. Recognized by Pac-12 offensive linemen as the best defensive lineman in the conference with the Morris Trophy in 2011, Lotulelei posted 44 tackles, nine tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks despite facing consistent double- and even occasional triple-team blocks in 2011. He battled through the same level of attention from defensive coordinators in 2012, and still earned his second selection to the All-Pac-12 first team. He finished the regular season with a team-high 11 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks to go along with four pass breakups, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. Lotulelei, who was born in Tonga, is married with a daughter. He prepped at Bingham High School in South Jordan, where he was part of a state championship team. He then spent two years at Snow College, racking up 52 tackles, 14 for losses, three sacks and a forced fumble in 2008. He attended Snow again in 2009, but did not play football before transferring to Utah. Lotulelei's once rock-solid status as a top half of the first round selection took a major hit when his medical check at the Scouting Combine revealed a heart issue. He immediately returned home and began undergoing a battery of tests from doctors. Rob Rang reported in early April that Lotulelei had passed the "gold standard" of heart tests, but many teams are likely to remove him from their draft boards nonetheless. http://www.cbssports.../star-lotulelei
  24. Paired with outside linebacker Jake Knott, Klein made up half of arguably the top linebacker tandem in the nation over the past couple of seasons. Klein's terrific play didn't end in Ames, however. A solid performance at the East-West Shrine Game might have teams wondering if the highly instinctive playmaker can enjoy similar production in the NFL. Klein was a three-star recruit out of Wisconsin, but didn't receive an offer from the Badgers and accepted a scholarship from the Cyclones. After limited playing time as a freshman in 2009, he became a starter in 2010 and was quickly a standout, registering 111 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. He followed that up two more remarkably statistically-similar campaigns, averaging 116.5 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and another interception, each of which he returned for a score. Characterized by many throughout his career as lacking athleticism, Klein leaves Iowa State having tied the FBS record with four touchdowns scored off of interception returns. Named a consensus All-Big 12 player in 2012 and the co-Defensive Player of the Year out of the conference (along with Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander) in 2011, Klein has proved himself to be among the more consistent and dependable linebackers in the country. While he may not possess the ideal timed speed or change of direction of his peers, he's fast on the field due to terrific instincts and effort. As such, don't be among those "surprised" when his success continues in the NFL, even if he winds up being drafted later than his production would seem to warrant.
  25. Kugbila was picked to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, but this wasn’t likely the most fortuitous selection in his family’s history. Kugliba’s parents Cletus and Lucy, won a visa lottery that allowed their family to move to the United States from Ghana. Kugbila and his family moved to the U.S. in 2000 when he was 10 years old. His younger brother Romauld, an Archer grad, is a freshman on the West Georgia football team. Edmund began playing football in the seventh grade. His size and talent attracted schools such as Alabama, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Florida, but a low SAT score prevented him from academically qualifying for a Division I school. However, Kugbila has made the most of his time at Valdosta State. After playing in all 10 games in 2009 as a reserve, Kugbila started 10 games at tackle in the following season, and recorded the second most knockdown blocks on the team. In 2011, Kugbila moved to guard and played in all 10 games with eight starts. He was named all-conference and third team All-American. Kugbila finished his college career by helping Valdosta claim the national championship in 2012.
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