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7 Round Panther Mock from an NFL Draft Junkie

Greetings CSR fans.

Following a dismal 2010 season, this Panther fan's appreciation for the NFL draft became an obsession. This year I have spent countless hours reviewing scouting reports, debates, analyst projections, and video. Given what we know so far about the collective bargaining agreement, free agency, future contracts, team needs, and incoming talent, this is my best attempt at logically approaching this year's draft as supported by a collection of rankings and analyst projections..... after the jump.....

Before proceeding, there are some relevant considerations:

* The rankings represent an "overall rank" by the respective service irregardless of the position of the player (player's suggested football value in comparison to others).

* The ratings are reflected in columns A, B, C, and D and include an average. Two of these services came at a cost. Service B stopped their rankings at 130, thus "N" represents greater than 130 on the total rankings. It is my opininion that the first two rankings are the most thorough.

* Some of the players may be ranked fairly high or low by one of more service for the draft slot that I have placed them, but the same or other reports might suggest that this player will rise or fall into "day two",  "middle round" or range (round 4-6). A couple of great examples include TE Jordan Cameron, who's rankings would suggest that the player would be available in a later round, but a shortage in TE(s) and his potential might generate a promotion all the way up to "day two".

* There is obviously a focus on the TE, thus it is important for the Panthers to land a TE that offers high potential to spend a year learning from Shockey. Otherwise there appear to be a number of strong possibilities in 2012. I have been in love with Julius Thomas since I first performed research, but I am beginning to believe that Jordan Cameron may have all-star potential if he puts his mind to it. The same goes for Julius, but he appears to be more raw.

* As we have heard from our GM there is a focus on the future, thus, some of my choices may not fill an immediate need, but may fill a need due to an aging player or a player nearing the end of their contract.

* I am not strong on this year's CB and safety class. If you don't land one of the top 4 early, a large majority of the remaining corners would be reaches in the 3rd round. Because of this shortage there could very well a lot of CB(s) going too early, which means more quality DT(s), WR(s), or OL(s), etc. available.

* Marvin Austin solidified his day 1 draft in today's profile. That dream is over.

* I believe Greg Little will be the next Anquan Boldin, who I am a BIG fan of.

* Off-the field troubles would typically lead to a player not making my board (i.e. Johnny Patrick), however, I think a late round risk on a guy like Weslye Saunders (TE - South Carolina) has the possibility to pan out. I also forgive all of the UNC athletes (although I am not a fool), and given the Panther 's needs I think we may even have to take a risk on a guy like DT Kendrick Ellis if he is still available in the 4th and we haven't landed a DT.

* Looking at a guy like DT Jarvis Jenkins who seems to be a mid-3rd round pick, despite the potential I have trouble taking him at the top of 3 if there is a possibility that he may still be there at the top of 4 (although a remote chance). A lot of the needy teams will have already filled a need in rounds 1 and 2 given the number of talanted DT(s).

* Don't laugh, but DT Terrell McClain has received a lot of positive praise for his potential. If he's there in the 4th round we CANNOT pass him up. Some are now suggesting he may move up into the 2nd. I heard Marenelli was very fond of his pro day, which speaks volumes.

* Pick #1 will control the direction of some of the remaining picks, thus you get three versions. (QB, DT, CB).

* If the player in column 1 is not available, then the Panthers would look to the first "alternate" and "alternate 2". We would also need to consider a primary or alternate from a higher round that falls, depending on our needs and picks up to that point. As an example, if we take Greg Little at the top of 3 and Jerrigan is still available at the top of 4, we don't need to draft another WR..... unless of course he drops 2 rounds. 

* Due to a prior injury, small college player, and the opinions that he will likely not be able to serve as a starting tackle right away, I see OT Iljiama possibly falling to the top of the 3rd. (has not had his pro day yet)

* To avoid a QB debate, I am not labeling Gabbert or Newton, but simply drafting a "franchise QB".

Before this former accountant continues to labor you with any further fine print, let's get started. Enjoy.....

Rd

Pck

Franchise QB path 1

A

B

C

D

AVG

Alternate 1

A

B

C

D

AVG

Alternate 2

A

B

C

D

AVG

1

1

THE FRANCHISE QB

 

 

 

 

 

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3

65

Greg Little, WR, North Carolina

99

54

63

147

90.8

Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

108

43

49

113

78.3

Jurrel Casey, DT, USC

76

34

48

140

74.5

3s

97

Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson

84

83

83

87

84.3

Rodney Hudson, C/OG, Florida St

46

70

107

73

74.0

Marcus Gilbert, OT/OG, Florida

102

75

108

59

86.0

4

98

Terrel McClain, DT, South Florida

146

58

111

209

131.0

Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah St.

105

116

141

101

115.8

Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada

79

95

91

90

88.8

5

132

Jordan Cameron, TE, USC

104

N

182

185

157.0

Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State

179

N

168

131

159.3

Johnny White, RB, North Carolina

335

76

127

N

179.3

6

166

Brandon Fusco, C/OG, Slippery Rock

175

N

200

54

143.0

Alex Henery, K, Nebraska

140

N

170

133

147.7

Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh

148

127

109

111

123.8

6s

203

Cortez Allen, CB, Citadel

150

N

223

145

172.7

Ryan Jones, CB, NW Missouri

178

N

226

268

224.0

Ricardo Lockette, WR, Fort Valley St.

228

128

205

285

211.5

7s

246

John Graves, DT/DE, VA Tech

325

N

229

N

277.0

Wesleye Saunders, TE, S. Carolina

216

N

N

277

246.5

Kai Forbath, K, UCLA

236

N

160

169

188.3

FA

 

Adrian Taylor, DT, Oklahoma

N

N

N

367

367.0

Andre Smith, TE, VA Tech

157

N

N

247

202.0

Jarriel King, OT/G, South Carolina

309

N

N

312

310.5

FA

 

Julian Vandervelde, OG/C, Iowa

344

N

N

N

344.0

Craig Cooper, RB, Miami

328

N

197

155

226.7

Willie Smith, OT, E.Carolina

231

N

250

275

252.0

Rd

Ovrl

Dareus path 1

A

B

C

D

AVG

Alternate 1

A

B

C

D

AVG

Alternate 2

A

B

C

D

AVG

1

1

Dareus, DT, Alabama

3

1

4

3

2.8

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3

65

Greg Little, WR, North Carolina

99

54

63

147

90.8

Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

108

43

49

113

78.3

Benjamin Ijilama, OT/OG, Villanova

60

45

78

69

63.0

3s

97

Rodney Hudson, C/OG, Florida St

46

70

107

73

74.0

James Carpenter, OG/OT, Alabama

77

78

53

88

74.0

Marcus Gilbert, OT/OG, Florida

102

75

108

59

86.0

4

98

Terrel McClain, DT, South Florida

146

58

111

209

131.0

Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah St.

105

116

141

101

115.8

Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada

79

95

91

90

88.8

5

132

Jordan Cameron, TE, USC

104

N

182

185

157.0

Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State

179

N

168

131

159.3

Johnny White, RB, North Carolina

335

76

127

N

179.3

6

166

Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh

148

127

109

111

123.8

Alex Henery, K, Nebraska

140

N

170

133

147.7

Brandon Fusco, C/OG, Slippery Rock

175

N

200

54

143.0

6s

203

Cortez Allen, CB, Citadel

150

N

223

145

172.7

Ryan Jones, CB, NW Missouri

178

N

226

268

224.0

Ricardo Lockette, WR, Fort Valley St.

228

128

205

285

211.5

7s

246

Wesleye Saunders, TE, S. Carolina

216

N

N

277

246.5

John Graves, DT/DE, VA Tech

325

N

229

N

277.0

Kai Forbath, K, UCLA

236

N

160

169

188.3

FA

 

Adrian Taylor, DT, Oklahoma

N

N

N

367

367.0

Andre Smith, TE, VA Tech

157

N

N

247

202.0

Jarriel King, OT/G, South Carolina

309

N

N

312

310.5

FA

 

Julian Vandervelde, OG/C, Iowa

344

N

N

N

344.0

Craig Cooper, RB, Miami

328

N

197

155

226.7

Willie Smith, OT, E.Carolina

231

N

250

275

252.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd

Ovrl

Patrick Peterson path 1

A

B

C

D

AVG

Alternate 1

A

B

C

D

AVG

Alternate 2

A

B

C

D

AVG

1

1

Patrick Peteson, CB, LSU

1

3

2

1

1.7

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3

65

Greg Little, WR, North Carolina

99

54

63

147

90.8

Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

108

43

49

113

78.3

Benjamin Ijilama, OT/OG, Villanova

60

45

78

69

63.0

3s

97

Rodney Hudson, C/OG, Florida St

46

70

107

73

74.0

James Carpenter, OG/OT, Alabama

77

78

53

88

74.0

Marcus Gilbert, OT/OG, Florida

102

75

108

59

86.0

4

98

Terrel McClain, DT, South Florida

146

58

111

209

131.0

Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada

79

95

91

90

88.8

KJ Wright, OLB, Miss St.

126

N

142

81

116.3

5

132

Jordan Cameron, TE, USC

104

N

182

185

157.0

Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State

179

N

168

131

159.3

Johnny White, RB, North Carolina

335

76

127

N

179.3

6

166

Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh

148

127

109

111

123.8

Brandon Fusco, C/OG, Slippery Rock

175

N

200

54

143.0

Alex Henery, K, Nebraska

140

N

170

133

147.7

6s

203

Ricardo Lockette, WR, Fort Valley St.

228

128

205

285

211.5

Cortez Allen, CB, Citadel

150

N

223

145

172.7

Ryan Jones, CB, NW Missouri

178

N

226

268

224.0

7s

246

John Graves, DT/DE, VA Tech

325

N

229

N

277.0

Kai Forbath, K, UCLA

236

N

160

169

188.3

Wesleye Saunders, TE, S. Carolina

216

N

N

277

246.5

FA

 

Adrian Taylor, DT, Oklahoma

N

N

N

367

367.0

Andre Smith, TE, VA Tech

157

N

N

247

202.0

Jarriel King, OT/G, South Carolina

309

N

N

312

310.5

FA

 

Julian Vandervelde, OG/C, Iowa

344

N

N

N

344.0

Craig Cooper, RB, Miami

328

N

197

155

226.7

Willie Smith, OT, E.Carolina

231

N

250

275

252.0

 

Although the QB route doesn't look too bad, I believe we  are  in better  shape by drafting Darius. What do you think, considering all other gaps would need to be solved through free agency?

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