The following mock draft is based on a scenario that resembles what we did in 2007 when we traded out of the 14th pick with the Jets and picked up their #25(Beason), 2nd(Kalil), and 5th(Tim Shaw, ugh: believe it or not, he's still in the NFL with the Titans) round picks. Finishing with a pick in the 14 range may be hard to attain, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Panthers somehow progressed to that point with Cam leading the team. My hope is that the Panthers somehow finish the season 7-9 or above, because this would give the team a great boost of confidence going into an offseason that, unlike this year's offseason, will include every practice necessary to learn and grow in the new coaching staff's system. With that in mind, let me know what you think CSRNation.
1st round- MLB Vontaze Burfict: He falls into our laps because of character concerns. Nonetheless, this guy is Beason 2.0, and if 52 does revert back to his previous status, we'll slide Burf(and Turf) outside and our linebackers will be a force to be reckoned with once again.
2nd round- DT Alameda Ta'amu: This monster of a man will occupy blockers, thus allowing the killer B's(Beast + Burf) to do their thing. The 3-4 is now a legit option.
2nd round- DE Vinny Curry: Surprise! This stud DE out of Marshall already has 9.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss through only 7 games. Although this guy is rising up draft boards, I'm counting on his availability when the Panthers reveal their second pick in the second round.
4th round- OLB Emmanuel Acho: Hurney and Rivera can't resist picking this Longhorn because of his play making abilities and unexpected slide.
5th round- DT Kawann Short: This would be a steal for a player with considerable upside, provided he comes out after his Junior season. Let Ron Edwards show him how to become an NFL caliber DT and he'll turn out alright.
5th round- CB Trumaine Johnson: This small school player(Montana) is a tall(6' 2") and speedy corner who is well worth a shot because he brings a skill set that is equivalent to smaller corners. If he initially struggles a bit at corner, he could translate well to free safety.
6th round- Chris Rainey: The Panthers finally decide to take an offensive player. Goodbye Goody. You've just been replaced. Although this Gator has character issues, he's simply too explosive to pass up. He will provide nice depth at the RB position.
7th round- S Omar Brown: This guy isn't picked because he was the teammate of the Panthers second round pick Vinny Curry, but because he's from the proud South Carolina town of Moncks Corner. Not exactly. Actually, he's a true tackling machine.
7th round compensatory- WR/PR Joe Adams: I had to sneak this guy in because he is an excellent punt returner and has some upside as a receiver as well. I challenge anyone to watch some youtube highlights of this guy. Does he remind any of you of a certain play making wide receiver on the Panthers? Let me know what you think of this guy. He may not last until the 7th round.