Panthers Huddle - 2009 NFL Draft Edition

Something we probably don't do enough on this site it discuss the weekly episodes of Panthers Huddle. Sure a John Fox interview is not any more exciting in person than reading the transcript but it is nice to see if he is actually grinning as he wastes a journalists time. Here are some of my impressions from this weeks' episode of the Panthers Huddle:

  • Panthers GM Marty Hurney was so ecstatic to pull off the Everette Brown trade he was shaking hands with the entire staff. Not that he's a robot or anything but it was a little unusual to see him showing so much elation. 
  • DE Everette Brown did a pretty good job with his first round of interviews. He's a fairly well spoken kid who said all the right things, particularly when asked how he felt knowing the Panthers traded up to get him.
  • I liked the interview in the locker room with CB Captain Munnerlyn. He was definitely a little wide-eyed at seeing his full name above a locker stall. Both he and Brown are stoked from getting selected by their hometown team. I really like the Munnerlyn selection and think he has a good shot at making the club.
  • DL coach Brian Baker looks more like a player than a coach. The dude looks young and buff and carries a very business-like demeanor. There's just something about this guy I absolutely love but just couldn't my finger on it, until I read this in his profile

 Baker then moved to Georgia Tech, where he coached outside linebackers from 1987-95, adding defensive coordinator responsibilities in 1995. He contributed to the staff that helped the Yellow Jackets win the National Championship as the nation's only unbeaten team with an 11-0-1 record in 1990.

Thanks for the memories. In Baker I trust.

  • I liked Panther College Scout Ryan Cowden's comments on being able to tell which prospects have been training hard leading up to the combine.
  • The short piece on the Brinkley brothers was cool. I was surprised that LB Jasper wasn't drafted. He was a good player in college and could surprise in training camp.
  • I've been wondering how RG Keydrick Vincents recovery from a groin went. Judging by his ability to help refurbish a playground I would say very well.


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