In a scenario many fans will be thrilled with Brad Wells of SB Nation put out his latest mock draft, and it has our beloved Panthers moving out of the top-ten in order to secure more talent later in the draft. This trade is predicated on the notion that Trent Richardson slides out of the top 5 picks, and the Panthers decide to pass on Quentin Coples, Dre Kirkpatrick and Michael Brockers- all of whom are still on the board.
The Bengals have two first-rounders this year, and with Richardson slipping out of the top five, they opt to send their 17th and 53rd selections, plus a sixth-rounder, to Carolina for the eighth overall pick, which they use on Richardson.
Personally, I would like to see more than a later 1st, 2nd and 6th coming to us- but this is a realistic trade, like it or not. With another 2nd round pick the Panthers could address another of their myriad issues. Now the Panthers are sitting at 17th, he projects the pick:
17. Carolina Panthers, Melvin Ingram, OLB-DE, South Carolina (proposed trade with Cincinnati)
The Panthers surrendered 26 points per game last year, and for a defensive-minded coach like Ron Rivera, that really has to stick in his craw. Getting defensive tackles Sione Fua and Terrell McClain back healthy next year will likely shore things up, but Carolina needs some punch on defense (only 31 sacks last year). While Rivera runs a 4-3, he flirted with 3-4 at times last year. Ingram can rush standing up or with his hand on the ground, giving Rivera the kind of flexibility he likes when scheming against opponents.
I'm not so sure I agree with McClain and Fua solidifying the defense, but I agree we need more 'punch' and the idea of having a versatile guy would appeal to Rivera. Personally, I like Ingram a lot as a prospect, I'm just not sure he's the right player out of the gate. What do you think Panthers fans? Do you like the trade down? What about the player selected?