An Early Look at Panther Draft Prospects

I was looking around at some top propect draft boards and thought I'd put one up and talk about the possibilities using the 'best player available' strategy. So put aside the Panthers perceived position needs for now, this is about simply picking the best player at any position when it comes time for the Panthers first pick. Oh...and its complete coincidence thaqt the list starts and ends with a WR.How does this one look for you if any of these were available? Let's assume the Panthers pick #48 with their pick, barring any trades (a serious possibility).

From the FFToolbox:

42. Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson - 5'10- 185

43. Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State Rising - 6'5- 296

44. Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan - 6'2- 263

45. Ciron Black, OT, LSU Falling - 6'5- 322

46. Vince Oghobaase, DT, Duke - 6'5- 305

47. Earl Thomas, CB, Texas Rising - 5'10- 197

48. Rico McCoy, LB, Tennessee - 6'1- 221

49. Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma Falling - 6'6- 261 Gresham missed the entire season, but he still decided to leave early and enter the draft.

50. Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State - 6'1- 232

51. Sam Young, OT, Notre Dame - 6'8- 330

52. Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State Falling - 6'1- 228

53. Jermaine Cunningham, DE, Florida - 6'3- 252. Cunningham was often overshadowed in the Florida defense opposite Dunlap, but he could end up being a steal.

54. Antonio Coleman, DE, Auburn - 6'2- 260

55. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford - 6'1- 235

56. Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama - 5'9- 195 He is undersized, but Arenas still showed what he can do in both the SEC Championship and the BCS National Championship.

57. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame Rising - 5'11- 195 Tate had a huge year for Notre Dame and given all the changes in South Bend, it's no surprise he is going pro.

There are some good players on this, is there not? You've got the coveted Golden Tate (would he really last to 57?) and the speedy Jacoby Ford. I'm intrigued by the TE Jermaine Gresham and CB Arenas. Arenas looked really good in the BCS title game.  Gresham was conisdered a 1st round lock before his injury.

The fact is you can get a really good player at this point in the draft, one that is 1st round quality at a second round price.

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