Attempting to wade through the smoke and mirrors

At this point we're just under a month out from the 2011 NFL draft and numerous sources have the Carolina Panthers going in a myriad of directions. Trying to guess what the team will do depends less on who you think they're interested in, and more in how you think they're handling business. We have two local sources in Darin Gantt and Joe Person who believe very strongly that Cam Newton will be the pick, we have some national guys who side with our local sources and some who have their own theories. We then have the fringe who don't really seem to have a grip on what the Panthers are looking for.

I've spent some time cross referencing a lot of the ideas out there and have developed somewhat of a flow chart to try and map out what will happen with this pick. Rather than attempting to work out exactly who is the pick, instead follow what you think is happening with the behavior of the organization. I've ran several scenarios through this and I think the logic is pretty sound.

Is it perfect? No... but it's a little bit of fun on a dreary Wednesday afternoon (if you're in the rainy Carolinas).

1. Do you think the Carolina Panthers are sending a lot of smoke to reporters?

- Yes, but just the national reporters: Go to #2

- Yes, but just the local reporters: Go to #3

- Both national and local reporters: Go to #4

- No, they're being 100% honest: Go to #9

 

2. Do you think the Panthers will pick safe, or risky?

- Safe: Go to #8

- Risky: Go to #9

 

3. Will the Panthers play the pick safe, or risky?

- Safe: Go to #10

- Risky: Go to #11

 

4. Are the Carolina Panthers able to trade out of the #1 overall pick?

- Yes: Go to #6

- No: Go to #5

 

5. Will the Panthers play the pick safe, or risky?

- Safe: Go to #14

- Risky: Go to #11

 

6. Are the Carolina Panthers still picking top 5? 

- Yes: Go to #8

- No: Go to #7

 

7. Are the Panthers still picking top 10?

- Yes: Go to #12

- No: Go to #13

 

8. The Carolina Panthers select... CB Patrick Peterson

9. The Carolina Panthers select.... QB Cam Newton

10. The Carolina Panthers select... DT Marcell Dareus

11. The Carolina Panthers select... QB Blaine Gabbert

12. The Carolina Panthers select... DT Nick Fairley

13. The Carolina Panthers select... QB Ryan Mallett

14. The Carolina Panthers select... WR A.J Green

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