As I saw James Dator's live mock draft going on over at National Football Post I couldn't help but notice the number of DTs that flew off the board right in a row late in the first: Still (20), Ta'amu (24), Brockers (25), Poe (26), Cox(27). That would seem to support a Panther trade back to still net a DT instead of going with one at #8 like Mel Kiper is mocking:
Carolina Panthers Record: 6-10* Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
The Carolina defense in 2011 wasn't helped by injuries, but the result was a unit that couldn't stop the run, but also had a tough time generating consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks. It starts up front, where the Panthers simply need to add talent. Brockers is a high-ceiling defensive tackle, a player who will thrive in any scheme, but could be particularly effective as a penetrator in the 4-3. The Panthers had to make do rotating a pair of rookies on the defensive interior last season, and really need to add talent and depth. The offense is going to be there -- they have to find some stoppers.