Panthers 2009 Draft Pick #217: Captain Munnerlyn

Captain Munnerlyn

Finally we have the last of our draft picks, Captain Munnerlyn (from here on out refered to as "The Captain"). I want him to make the team just based on his name, but alas its about talent and numbers. He's a 5' 9" 182 lb cornerback from the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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Upside: B

While he played mostly zone in college, The Captain has shown flashes of being a cover corner. He's can break on the ball and get's he hand between the ball and receiver and has the natural ability NFL teams looks for in a player. Was a solid corner for the Gamecocks and during his college career was named All-Southeastern Conference first-team by the league's coaches. He has punt and kick return experience and will probably be considered for this role as well, although is down the depth chart.

Downside: C-

While The Captain has the natural talent to play, it also may be his downfall in the NFL as he could rely to much on his abilities. He's also on the shorter side for a NFL corner, yet this could be an overrated negative. His on the field effort have also been called into question by Coach Steve Spurrier and was benched a game for missing a team meeting. Some also question his durability in missing at least one game each season.

Fit: C-

While he is a 7th round pick and isn't projected to make a starting line up, he could be be a surprise down the road. In addition, although he is on the shorter side, his strengths seem to play into Ron Meeks mold. However, there is no guarantee he will make the roster and he's just as likely to be practice squad player. Yet, with uncertainty at cornerback depth his chances are as good as any other CB currently on the roster. As with most backups on the roster his greatest chance to make the team is via special teams. Also, he will need to make sure he's mentally prepared for the NFL as missing meetings and lack of effort is a quickest way to the door. The Captain was a rising CB before this last year and thus the jury is still out on how he will make the transition. He could become a star, a dud, or nothing more than a solid nickle corner. How's that for certainty.

Scouting Reports:

NFL Combine Results

SC Gamecocks Profile

Mocking the Draft Profile

 

 

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