Much to the chagrin of many fans he has the Carolina passing on WR Justin Blackmon (who heads to Jacksonville) in favor of taking an OL early, although probably not the one you're hoping for.
4. Carolina Panthers - Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
The Panthers may clamor for Claiborne, but should be happy settling for Martin. On the left side, Jordan Gross is 31 and Jeff Otah can't stay healthy. On the right, Martin would immediately be an upgrade over Byron Bell, who has been decent. With his power blocking style, Martin would fit into the Panthers offensive scheme perfectly.
That's right, Kadar has the Panthers drafting 4th in April, meaning he probably sees Carolina dropping their final two games of the year. As I've said before I really like Martin for the Panthers, but I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of taking him this early in the draft. If we're really looking at Kalil and Claiborne being gone before the Panthers pick assuming they're in 4th and unable to trade then I'd probably rather take the best WR available, or even roll the dice and do something unpredictable with the pick than settle for Martin.
That being said, I agree with Kadar's assertion that Martin would be an immediate upgrade over Byron Bell, and in turn we would likely shift Jeff Otah over to RG. However, I don't have a lot of confidence that Martin is a future LT, and this early in the draft I feel that in taking a tackle you need to be fairly sure they can play LT in the NFL.
We'll look at the Panthers 2nd round pick from Kadar after the jump
In the second round we have the Panthers filling another need- this time to upgrade their beleaguered secondary.
36. Carolina Panthers - Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Captain Munnerlyn has been a decent player for the Panthers but would be much better in the slot. Gilmore is a big cornerback who would pair nicely with Chris Gamble.
At 6'1" Gilmore is a tall QB with ability in zone coverage, but because of scheme he hasn't been asked to play a lot of man while at USC. I appreciate that Kadar has reasoning and rationale for the pick; he's right, Munnerlyn should be in the slot and Gilmore would be a good pick. I know a lot of people have faith in Brandon Hogan to grab the brass ring and take the job, but as it stands that's more faith than logic- it will be some time until we know if he can play, let alone be a starter and it always helps to stock the shelves at CB.
My problem with this pick though is purely who's left on the board- we have DTs Brandon Thompson, Alamedu Ta'amu and Jerel Worthy, all of whom would immediately help the Panthers more than Gilmore. As in all things time will tell, but it's something interesting for us to look for in the future.