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Carolina Panthers NFL Draft - Day 2 Predictions


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Now that the dust has settled on round one, the Carolina Panthers have unfinished business to get down to in round two. 

I told you no uncertain terms who would be the pick in round one. Things become a little more murky in round two. Nevertheless, here is what I think will happen. 

1. Panthers will try to trade up

Like last year, there are still a few players on the board that the Panthers really like. Hunter Henry, Derek Henry, Emmanuel Ogbah to name a few. This would likely require a trade up into the top 10 of the second round. I am not so sure Gettleman is willing to give up enough to move that far. One possibility, however, is banking on that probable third round compensatory pick for next season and trading the existing 2017 third round pick away along with this year's. 

The Carolina Panthers could more easily move up to the teens. This would put them in position to draft someone they may not have a first round grade on, but someone who could impact the team immediately. 

2. Panthers mid-second round targets 

In the second round today, aside from the players listed above, the targets could be...

- Sterling Shepard - WR - Shepard would round out the Panthers WR corps perfectly and the Panthers do like him quite a bit. 

- Kendall Fuller - CB - Despite a minor injury last year, Fuller still high on the list of wants. This would certainly make fans who are still worried about the loss of Josh Norman happy. 

3. If the Panthers cannot move up

If the Panthers are unable to move up and must pick at 30, I like... 

- Su'a Cravens - SS - Would immediately compete for playing time with the departure of Roman Harper. Some project as a small outside LB, the Panthers could treat him like they did Thomas Davis initially and put him at strong safety. 

- Von Bell - FS - The Panthers really don't need another FS, but they like Bell enough to take him anyways. 

- Devontae Booker - RB - Good mix of size and ability. A well rounded running back that could take a roster spot from Whitaker, Artis-Payne, and/or Wegher. 

 


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I want Sterling Shepard. Reminds me of another receiver his size we used to have.

I don't see it. I hope fans don't put that kind of pressure and expectation on him right away. 

 

He reminds me more of Hines Ward more than anyone. 

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Sooo many guys that were mocked in round one still available, I think we can pick someone up in the early 20's of the second round that folks were clamoring for in the first.

Both Henrys for instance might last until the last half of the 2nd round 

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I don't see it. I hope fans don't put that kind of pressure and expectation on him right away. 

 

He reminds me more of Hines Ward more than anyone. 

 I meant that from a toughness point of view. He is small but tough. Hines Ward was tough as well.

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Shepard is my guy - but Steve Smith he is not. Coleman was the closest I've seen to a Smith-type receiver in years.

I think Shepard is a blend of Antonio Brown and Randal Cobb stylistically.  He's a very good but not exceptional athlete.  At times, his route running is so good he is uncoverable, he doesn't drop balls, and he can generate good YAC.  While most of his experience is in the slot, he has the tools to play outside and showed some of that in college.

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57 minutes ago, Jeremy Igo said:

1. Panthers will try to trade up

Like last year, there are still a few players on the board that the Panthers really like. Hunter Henry, Derek Henry, Emmanuel Ogbah to name a few. This would likely require a trade up into the top 10 of the second round. I am not so sure Gettleman is willing to give up enough to move that far. One possibility, however, is banking on that probable third round compensatory pick for next season and trading the existing 2017 third round pick away along with this year's. 

The Carolina Panthers could more easily move up to the teens. This would put them in position to draft someone they may not have a first round grade on, but someone who could impact the team immediately.

what are the chances we get Hunter Henry?

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