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Needing Help With a Panthers Mock Draft - Updated

Final Update: I took CB Alphonso Smith who slid to #59. Honestly this mock took so long I lost interest so I really have nothing left to say about it. Next year I'm just going to stick to the SBN mock. 

 

I'm participating in two mocks drafts this season, the primary one being the official SBN mock you can follow over at our draft site Mocking the Draft. I'm not scheduled to make my pick until around April 10th and I will solicit feedback from my readers for that selection.

The other one is simply a collection of SBN bloggers and other team blogs, a motley crew if you will. We've just completed the first round and I can already tell I'm going to need some help. Here's the first round results:

Updated picks:

33. Lions
JAMES LAURINAITIS, LB, OSU

34. Patriots (from Kansas City)
CONNOR BARWIN, LB, CINCINNATI

35. Rams
BRIAN ROBISKE, WR, OSU

36. Browns
WILLIAM MOORE, S, MISSOURI

37. Seahawks
ROBERT AYERS, DL, TENNESSEE

38. Bengals
BRANDON PETTIGREW, TE, OKLAHOMA STATE

39. Jaguars
RON BRACE, DT, BOSTON COLLEGE

40. Raiders
MICHAEL JOHNSON, DE, GEORGIA TECH

41. Packers
WILLIAM BEATTY, OT, CONNECTICUT

42. Bills
MAX UNGER, G/C, OREGON

43. 49ers Josh Freeman

44. Dolphins (from Washington)
DARIUS BUTLER, CB, CONNECTICUT

45. Giants (from New Orleans)
MARCUS FREEMAN, OLB, OHIO STATE

46. Texans - Tyrone McKenzie, OLB, South Florida

47. Patriots Evander Hood, DT, Missouri

48. Broncos - OLB Cody Brown, UCONN

49. Bears - Duke Robinson, OL, Oklahoma

50. Browns - Eric Wood, C, Louisville

51. Cowboys: thedallascowboys.net
PATRICK CHUNG, S, OREGON

52. Jets
DONALD BROWN, RB, UCONN

53. Eagles
JARED COOK, TE, SOUTH CAROLINA

54. Vikings
PHIL LOADHOLT, OT, OKLAHOMA

55. Falcons SHAWN NELSON, TE, SOUTHERN MISS

56   Miami Dolphins Sean Smith, CB, Utah

 

2009 Mock Draft — First round

1. Lions: waynefontes.com — MATTHEW STAFFORD, QB, GEORGIA
2. Rams: turfshowtimes.com — EUGENE MONROE, OT, VIRGINIA
3. Chiefs: kcchiefsnews.com — AARON CURRY, LB, WAKE FOREST
4. Seahawks: davekriegsstrikebeard.com — MICHAEL CRABTREE, WR, TEXAS TECH
5. Browns: nologoneeded.com — REY MAUALUGA, LB, USC
6. Bengals: bengalstripes.com — JASON SMITH, OT, BAYLOR
7. Raiders: silverandblackpride.com — JEREMY MACLIN, WR, MISSOURI
8. Jaguars: jaguarsgab.com — B.J. RAJI, DT, BOSTON COLLEGE
9. Packers: lombardiave.com — BRIAN ORAKPO, DE/OLB, TEXAS
10. 49ers: ninersnation.com — EVERETTE BROWN, OLB, FLORIDA STATE
11. Bills: buffalorumblings.com  CLAY MATTHEWS, OLB, USC
12. Broncos: milehighreport.com — MALCOLM JENKINS, CB, OHIO STATE
13. Redskins: curlyr.blogspot.com  — ANDRE SMITH, OT, ALABAMA
14. Saints: canalstreetchronicles.com —  BRIAN CUSHING, OLB, USC
15. Texans: houstondiehards.com — MICHAEL OHER, OT, OLE MISS
16. Chargers: bolthype.com — EBEN BRITTON, OT, ARIZONA
17. Jets: thejetsblog.com — TYSON JACKSON, DE, LSU
18. Bears: blogdownchicagobears.com — DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY, WR, MARYLAND
19. Buccaneers: bucem.com — PERCY HARVIN, WR, FLORIDA
20. Lions (from Dallas): waynefontes.com — AARON MAYBIN, DE, PENN STATE
21. Eagles: igglesblog.com — VONTAE DAVIS, CB, ILLINOIS
22. Vikings: vikingsragnarok.blogspot.com — MARK SANCHEZ, QB, USC
23. Patriots: patriotsdaily.com — KNOWSHON MORENO, RB, GEORGIA
24. Falcons: falcoholic.com —CLINT SINTIM, LB, VIRGINIA
25. Dolphins: thephinsider.com — LARRY ENGLISH, LB, NORTHERN ILLINOIS
26. Ravens: ebonybird.com —KENNY BRITT, WR, RUTGERS
27. Colts: 18to88.com — PERIA JERRY, DT, MISSISSIPPI STATE
28. Eagles (from Carolina): igglesblog.com — ALEX MACK, OL, CALIFORNIA
29. Giants: bigblue101.com — HAKEEM NICKS, WR, NORTH CAROLINA
30. Titans: musiccitymiracles.com — D.J. MOORE, CB, VANDERBILT
31. Cardinals: raisingzona.com — CHRIS WELLS, RB, OSU

32. Steelers: — steelerstoday.com  FILI MOALA, DT, USC

 

So my initial reaction is surprise to see the Steelers take Fili Moala over Ziggy Hood, who remains on the board. Other notable selections:

 

  • The Falcons taking LB Sintim, it seems like the biggest reach in the round
  • The Browns taking Maualuga at #5, as pass rusher seems to be a bigger need for their 3-4 defense
  • The QB we discussed a couple days ago Josh Freeman is still on the board. A lot can happen in the remaining 26 picks till the Panthers draft but he could slide to #59 since the Lions got their QB and the Bucs passed on him.
  • I was surprised to see Sanchez fall that far and I bet if it should happen for real the Vikings won’t hesitate to select him
  • Can you believe the first RB doesn’t get selected until #23 by the Patriots? As hard as it is for me to praise UGA players Knowshon Moreno is one of the best as eluding the first hit I’ve ever seen. He is going to be a good one and many teams will wonder why they passed on him.
  • There’s still a couple good DE’s on the board, GT’s Michael Johnson and Tennessee’s Robert Ayers. Will they continue to slide to #59?
  • The stud TE Brandon Pettigrew is still there but won’t be for long. As much as I don’t think the Panthers need a TE I wouldn’t complain a bit if he was selected.
  • The more mock drafts I see the more I think the Panthers first pick will be a CB. The combination of a run on DT’s and DE’s in the second round and the slow 40 times at the combine for some top CB prospects will allow a talent like Alphonso Smith, Darius Butler or Victor ‘Macho’ Harris to fall into the Panthers lap. Don’t worry about the 40 times though, the Panthers need a DB with a nose for the ball.  

I'll update this list a couple times leading up to my selection so stay tuned.

 

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