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JKP's Somewhat Unconventional Draft

My last mock featured the Panthers getting Dre Kirkpatrick and Brandon Thompson, which was a very conventional and common view. In this mock, I've tried to mix it up a little bit and do something different! I hope this will suit the many who aren't crazy with Kirkpatrick or Thompson.

ROUND 1

1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. St. Louis Rams- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.

3. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Cleveland Browns- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. Washington Redskins- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

8. Carolina Panthers- Devon Still, DT, Penn St.

Defensive Tackle is what the Panthers perhaps need most, along with CB. They really have no one of significance in the middle, and it was especially obvious against the Saints. Their two rookie tackles also showed little, prompting Ronnie to go for this talent.

A hulking brute, Still is a monster in the middle. Standing at 6'5" and 310, he would bring some immediate size to our relatively undersized line. Fairly quick off the line, and capable of getting penetration consistently. Requires a double team, and is strong as an ox. Drafting Still would put some fear into the Carolina line and give the Panthers a legitimate DT.

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via onwardstate.com

9. Miami Dolphins- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

10. Buffalo Bills- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

11. Kansas City Chiefs- Vontaze Burfict, LB, ASU

12. Seattle Seahawks- Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma

13. Arizona Cardinals- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

14. Dallas Cowboys- Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama Community College for Reformed Felons

15. Philadelphia Eagles- Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

16. New York Jets- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

17. Cincinnati Bengals (From Oakland Raiders)- Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia

18. San Diego Chargers- Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois

19. Chicago Bears- Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

20. Tennessee Titans- Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

21. Denver Broncos- Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson

22. New York Giants- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

23. Houston Texans- Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

24. Detroit Lions- Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

25. Cincinnati Bengals- Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

26. Cleveland Browns (From Atlanta Falcons)- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

27. Pittsburgh Steelers- Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State

28. San Francisco 49ers- Dwight Jones, WR, UNC

29. Baltimore Ravens- Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin

30. Green Bay Packers- Jared Crick, DE, Wisconsin

31. New England Patriots (From New Orleans)- Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

32. New England Patriots- Mark Barron, S, Alabama

ROUND 2

33. Indianapolis Colts- Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

34. St. Louis Rams- Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan

35. Minnesota Vikings-Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

36. Cleveland Browns – Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

37. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Zach Brown, LB, UNC

38. Washington Redskins- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

39. Jacksonville Jaguars-Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

40. Carolina Panthers- Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis

Now, I know many will probably dislike this pick, however it's necessary. Getting an UT with Still is a necessity, but so is a capable NT. Fua showed little in his time, and we have some guys right now who are essentially band-aids. Yes, we took two DTs last year, but the reality is that they likely won't develop into anything significant. They are spent costs. Our defense is supremely lacking stud DTs, or even good DTs. We've gotta go get 'em!

Poe is a prototypical 43 NT. He's got tremendous size, and along with Still, would give us a pretty tall and sturdy line. Standing at 6'5" and 350, he's got great strength, is surprisingly quick, and can be an immovable anchor. Drafting Poe and Still would essentially solve most of our defensive problems. Our line would once again have bite, and it would affect all other parts of the defense. Cam also won't have to worry about our defense losing the game for the Panthers anymore.

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via cdn.bleacherreport.net

41. Miami Dolphins- Tommy Steeter, WR, Miami

42. Buffalo Bills- Vinny Curry, OLB, Marshall

43. Kansas City Chiefs- Alameda Ta’amu, NT, Washington

44. Seattle Seahawks- Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

45. Philadelphia Eagles (From Arizona Cardinals)- Baccari Rambo, S, Georgia

46. Dallas Cowboys- Dont’a Hightowner, LB, Alabama

47. Philadelphia Eagles- Fletcher Cox, DT, Miss St.

48. New York Jets- Mike Adams, OT, Ohio St.

49. New England Patriots (From Oakland Raiders)- Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma St.

50. San Diego Chargers- Zebrie Sanders, OT, FSU

51. Chicago Bears- Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin

52. Tennessee Titans- Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama

53. Denver Broncos- Casey Heyward, CB, Vanderbilt

54. New York Giants- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

55. Houston Texans- Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

56. Detroit Lions- Ben Jones, C, Georgia

57. Cincinnati Bengals- Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma

58. Atlanta Falcons- Mike Brewster, C, Ohio St.

59. Pittsburgh Steelers- Jonathan Banks, Miss St.

60. San Francisco 49ers- Brandon Jenkins, OLB, FSU

61. Baltimore Ravens- Andrew Datko, OT, FSU

62. Green Bay Packers- Bill Winn, DT/DE, Boise St.

63. New Orleans Saints- Sean Spence, LB, Miami

64. New England Patriots- Nick Perry, DE, USC

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