I really hope Rivera and his staff are smart enough to draft AJ Green instead of Nick Fairley. I know Fairley is explosive and fills a need but AJ Green can do so much more. For one, he can completely open up the offense. He can give Jimmy a huge target to hit and take extra defenders up in coverage to free up Smitty. He can also make the offense more balanced, so the Panthers can return to that dominant run game with J-Stew and hopefully D-Will if he re-signs. By making the offense better and way more legit, the defense can obtain much needed rest. it wasn't that the defense was that bad this season, it was just that the offense couldn't stay on the field for more than a minute. You can't keep throwing your guys on the field after countless three-and-outs. Aj green is a sure-fire superstar, somewhere in the likes of Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson. He has the size, speed, hands, and talent.
Fairley is still a bit questionable for me at this point and his dirty play is a big reason why. He could turn out to be a little Albert Haynesworth. Talented, but basically worthless due to attitude. If picked first, Fairley will think he's king since he's #1 and just came off a National Title win. This franchise has always steered clear from these type of players and they should do so here.
Green is a freak of a player and deserves the first selection. He can make Clausen's, Smitty's, Stew's, and DeAngelo's job a lot easier and turn a completely stagnant offense into a more than legit threat.