This is my first post on CSR but I have been reading this blog for a bit. I am just frustrated at some of the so called expert draft picks for the Panthers in the first round. I am here at work and just going through different websites to see what people think we will do with the #8/9 pick. Things will change like they always do depending on the Combine/Pro Days/Senior Bowl. Here are two websites that I disagree with fully:
http://drafttek.com/ (Dre Kirkpatrick aka DreK falling to Dallas with the 14th pick...the Panthers wouldn't pass him up I hope)
Yes, I do know that cbssports.com isn't a very reliable source but both of the "experts" from there are going with the Panthers picking Devon Still, DT, Penn State. On the Scout's Inc top 32 he is ranked 21st (info from http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft). I don't have an issue with a DT at this pick if there was a no-crap top 10 DT talent and Devon Still is a reach for the Panthers’ pick. I don't know much about the guy but from the few scouting reports I have read he has had injury problems and motor problems. I know BAMF could get the potential out of him but with Neblett doing what he did at the end of the season and DTs coming back from injury I believe the Panthers wouldn't use an early round pick on a DT.
If DreK and Blackmon are gone by the time our pick comes up I would strongly believe that we would try to find any trade partner to get in a better spot to draft an OT to plug in the RT spot. Have Byron Bell back him up and kick Otah (if healthy) inside to the RG spot. Jordan Gross isn't getting any younger and we need to have the future protector of the "Camside" in place when we have a chance to pick early in the draft. I don't think we will be drafting too early for the next um 15 years but that is a simple fan's wish. That is what I am thinking at the moment which will change.
While I was searching for draft information I came across this piece of reading about compensatory picks predictions: