Mocking In The Free World: Don Banks' Latest Has Kirkpatrick To Carolina

In what is sure to be a popular pick leading up to the 2012 draft, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has the Carolina Panthers passing on offensive linemen and selecting the rangy Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick in his latest mock draft.

The Panthers' statistically-challenged secondary needs another cornerback to start opposite Chris Gamble, and Kirkpatrick offers the size and athleticism to square off against the Marques Colston's, Roddy White's and Mike Williams's of the NFC South. One way for Carolina to step up in weight class in 2012 is to get better at defending the pass.

There are some bizarre curiosities to be sure, like Michael Brockers lasting until the Patriots' 27th pick while the likes of Devon Still, Jerel Worthy and Dontari Poe are all selected earlier, which is unlikely to happen. That being said there are a lot of sound moves that make a great deal of sense.

I suggest you follow the link through to the mock and use the comments to discuss not only the Panthers' move, but what you think of the mock as a whole.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker