By now you should know that I enjoy coming up with these mock drafts. My goal is to give you, the reader, a draft that is both entertaining and outside of the box. My hope is that you will enjoy my latest draft as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. As you will see, this draft is unique because I decided to trade back 8(9) spots in the second round with the Patriots to obtain picks number 48 and 63(64). In other words, I felt it was in our best interest to give up an early second round pick for 2 picks in the latter half of the second round. Things became even more interesting when I was presented with another opportunity to move back 14(15) spots by trading the 63(64) pick, our newly acquired pick in the Patriots trade, to the Bears for their two 3rd round picks(74,80) and an additional 5th rounder. Of course, this trade would be ironic because we traded the first(74) of those two 3rd round picks for Greg Olsen last year. If I were to tell you that the Panthers were able to acquire two 3rd rounders and an extra 5th rounder by only moving back 8 spots in the second round, would you take it? Before you answer that question, take the time to look at who we were able to acquire as a result of those trades. Then let me know what you think in the poll.
1st- OG David Decastro Stanford
Wharton is aging and DeCastro will be an anchor on this offensive line for Cam and company over the next decade. Yes, he's worth the pick.
2nd- NT Dontari Poe Memphis
A behemoth of a man, Poe will bring a power and strength that our defensive line hasn't seen in a while. An added bonus will be watching Poe and DeCastro grow together as they face off in practice.
3rd- CB Jayron Hosely Virginia Tech
Getting Hosely this late in the draft would be quite astounding. The fact that he had a better sophomore season than his junior campaign, along with his lack of size, may have caused him to fall, but we are more than happy to bring his ball-hawking skills to this team.
3rd- FS Markelle Martin Oklahoma State
Adding a play-making safety to our secondary who has experience in the pass-happy Big 12 translates quite nicely to what he will face against the pass-happy teams atop the NFC South.
4th- OLB Danny Trevathan Kentucky
A tackling machine with an impressive array of skills. Consider the fact that he had 143 tackles, 12 TFL, 3 sacks, 4 Int, 5 passes broken up, and 5 FF. Just too good to pass up in this round.
5th- DT/DE Trevor Guyton California
This 2nd team All Pac 12 defensive lineman had 4.5 sacks, 10 TFL, and 2 FF this season. He brings versatility to the defensive line because he can make plays from the inside or on the outside.
5th- CB Josh Robinson Central Florida
Speedy corner who may run in the 4.3-4.4 range at the combine. If he indeed runs that well, we'd be lucky to have the opportunity to pick him the 5th round. He had 15 passes broken up this past season and a total of 36 in his career, which was 2 shy of the UCF school record currently held by Asante Samuel. He'll also get the opportunity to duke it out in practice with Hosely and Hogan for the right to share the starting corner responsibilities with Gamble.
6th- OT Mitchell Schwartz California
We didn't quite pick high enough to bring in Matt Kalil for a reunion with his Pro Bowl brother, Ryan, but we were able to bring in Geoff's younger brother with this pick, and if he's anything like his older brother, we've got another solid pick.
6th(comp)- OLB Mychal Kendricks California
Have you noticed that this is the third player from Cal? Somebody important did go there, but let's not assume this is some type of weird school cronyism. Let's get real here, the fact that Kendricks has had 28.5 TFL over the last two seasons can't be ignored any more than the fact that Rivera played linebacker at Cal.
7th- DE Tyrone Crawford Boise State
13.5 each of the last two seasons, 6.5 and 7 sacks over the last two seasons, 4 FF and 2 blocked kicks combined in his last to seasons. Need I say more for a DE taken in the 7th round.
7th(comp)- SS Eddie Pleasant Oregon
Don't let this small safety's size fool you. He had 8 passes broken up and 3 Int's this past season and was named first team All Pac 12. We'll gladly take him.