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Panthers Well Represented at Fields 2nd Pro Day


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2 hours ago, joande said:

It can also not be a smoke screen.  That's a lot of high level folks to see him.  Who knows?

Well at Fields' last pro day we were able to trade for Darnold. Maybe they are hoping we can get another trade at his 2nd pro day. Perhaps someone to take Teddy? 

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Darnold was signed so we don’t have to choose between Mac at 8 (if all others went before) or Teddy for the season. 

Still could take Fields if he is there then have plenty of choice and time to decide who is better.

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2 hours ago, ForJimmy said:

This makes the most sense. I don’t know why people are struggling with this. We got Darnold because there was significant doubt Fields will be there at 8. After the draft, Darnold’s price could go up for desperate teams. We went ahead and secured our backup plan for little draft cost.

The article you linked in the next post contradicts your take on Darnold.

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The real question is: does it make sense to still take a quarterback? Giving up three draft picks, although not a huge haul, are still three draft picks at the end of the day. You don't just give that kind of draft capital for a guy you hope can be the answer and maybe be a backup to the guy you draft in the first round. That's a type of move that shows you have confidence in the player that you're trading for. 

Could this just be the Panthers bluffing to get teams from behind them to trade up into Carolina's spot? Possibly. Then again, if Brady, Rhule, and Fitterer truly fall in love with Fields maybe they do draft him and let he and Darnold compete. It's all a game of unknowns right now and one that we likely won't know the answer to until draft night. 

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3 minutes ago, Mr. Scot said:

The article you linked in the next post contradicts your take on Darnold.

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The real question is: does it make sense to still take a quarterback? Giving up three draft picks, although not a huge haul, are still three draft picks at the end of the day. You don't just give that kind of draft capital for a guy you hope can be the answer and maybe be a backup to the guy you draft in the first round. That's a type of move that shows you have confidence in the player that you're trading for. 

Could this just be the Panthers bluffing to get teams from behind them to trade up into Carolina's spot? Possibly. Then again, if Brady, Rhule, and Fitterer truly fall in love with Fields maybe they do draft him and let he and Darnold compete. It's all a game of unknowns right now and one that we likely won't know the answer to until draft night. 

It takes both sides hinting at it’s all a games of unknowns. That’s the whole point of the article.

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2 minutes ago, ForJimmy said:

It takes both sides hinting at it’s all a games of unknowns. That’s the whole point of the article.

It allows that the Panthers could draft Fields and allow he and Darnold to compete for the starting job.

But this...

Giving up three draft picks, although not a huge haul, are still three draft picks at the end of the day. You don't just give that kind of draft capital for a guy you hope can be the answer and maybe be a backup to the guy you draft in the first round. That's a type of move that shows you have confidence in the player that you're trading for. 

... directly contradicts this:

We got Darnold because there was significant doubt Fields will be there at 8. We went ahead and secured our backup plan for little draft cost.

As I've said previously, Darnold is not a "just in case". The team legitimately views him as a starter.

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We would be stupid if Fields fell, and he was the best option left but we passed on him because we didn't have our people look at him.

I think he'll be better than Wilson or Lance or Jones. And I think that if he's there, we should take him, unless Sewell is there.  If Sewell is there you turn in the card with 9:59 left.

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6 minutes ago, Mr. Scot said:

It allows that the Panthers could draft Fields and allow he and Darnold to compete for the starting job.

But this...

Giving up three draft picks, although not a huge haul, are still three draft picks at the end of the day. You don't just give that kind of draft capital for a guy you hope can be the answer and maybe be a backup to the guy you draft in the first round. That's a type of move that shows you have confidence in the player that you're trading for. 

... directly contradicts this:

We got Darnold because there was significant doubt Fields will be there at 8. We went ahead and secured our backup plan for little draft cost.

As I've said previously, Darnold is not a "just in case". The team legitimately views him as a starter.

So the real catch is what the writer thinks a future 2nd and 6th, 4th round picks are valued. Do I value them as strong enough capital to pass on a potential franchise QB if he happens to fall to us at 8? Absolutely not. I think it was used to move on from Teddy (apparently Tepper wants this) and secure a young QB with potential in case the one we like isn’t there at 8 (which he very well might not be). Do they think Darnold can be a starter? Yeah I think they believe that. A top 10 drafted QB is viewed at as more than just a starter. They can be franchise changers. Alex Smith was a solid starter yet the Chiefs still traded up for Mahomes. It all boils down to how they view Fields and none of us know the answer nor should we at this point. 

Here is a great example. We viewed Teddy as a starter and gave him a solid contract showing our confidence in him. They have stated if Herbert fell to them he would have been the pick. Imagine if he did fall and we didn’t draft him because we had a potential starter in Teddy and too many needs in other areas...

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It's hard to get a bead on what direction our current staff will go with their decision making. It's easy to get caught up in the past regimes, but as far as this draft goes:  I think that Sam Darnold was our trade/starter/fill in.

Meaning if we can't draft who they want, Sam is the starter and we'd draft accordingly.

If we can draft the QB we want, we'd draft him and continue to let Darnold start and fill in till he's/draft pick is ready.

 

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