Carolina Panthers 2012 March Madness Mock Draft

Because most of us know that the college basketball world is in the midst of the madness that is the NCAA tournament, I thought it would be appropriate to post a mock draft in honor of this volatile sporting event. Follow me after the jump to experience the insanity of my latest Carolina Panthers mock draft.

Doesn't it make sense that the Jets and Patriots would want to jump in front of the Bills, a division foe, to keep them from picking the players that they've targeted? Keep this in mind as you digest the following two trades.

The Jets trade their #16(1st) and #47(2nd) picks for the Panthers' #9(1st) and #104(4th) picks in order to select OT Jonathan Martin, who will be used to protect Sanchez from division pass rushers like the newly signed Mario Williams.

Next, the Patriots employ a similar strategy as the Jets in the second round by trading their #48(2nd) and #94(3rd) for the Panthers' #40(2nd) and #135(5th) in order to jump ahead of the Bills to select S Mark Barron.

Now that those trades have been completed, let's take a look at what the Panthers were able to do with their newly acquired picks, along with the rest of their draft.

1st: #16- DT Fletcher Cox Mississippi State

I’m not quite sure how Cox falls this far, but stranger things have happened. If he does happen to slide to this spot, the Panthers would be fools not to take him. Frankly, I believe he would start from day one because he has that rare combination of size, talent, and determination you look for in a 1st round pick.


Tackles
Fumbles
Rk Date School Opponent Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk FR Yds TD FF
1 2011-09-10 Mississippi State @ Auburn L 2 1 3 1.5 0.0 0 0 0 0
2 2011-09-15 Mississippi State Louisiana State L 1 5 6 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
3 2011-09-24 Mississippi State Louisiana Tech W 1 3 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
4 2011-10-01 Mississippi State @ Georgia L 1 2 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
5 2011-10-08 Mississippi State @ Alabama-Birmingham W 5 2 7 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
6 2011-10-15 Mississippi State South Carolina L 4 2 6 4.0 2.0 0 0 0 0
7 2011-10-29 Mississippi State @ Kentucky W 5 2 7 3.5 2.0 0 0 0 0
8 2011-11-12 Mississippi State Alabama L 1 3 4 0.5 0.0 0 0 0 0
9 2011-11-19 Mississippi State @ Arkansas L 0 4 4 1.0 0.0 1 52 0 0
10 2011-11-26 Mississippi State Mississippi W 2 3 5 2.0 0.0 0 0 0 1
11 2011-12-30 Mississippi State N Wake Forest W 4 3 7 2.0 1.0 0 0 0 0
11 Games 26 30 56 14.5 5.0 1 52 0 1
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 3/18/2012.

2nd: #47- CB Jayron Hosley Virginia Tech

The Panthers address their opening at the # 2 cornerback spot by choosing a guy who is not only a ball hawk, but a very good punt returner as well. Like our previous two picks, we’d be fortunate to get Hosley this late.


Punt Ret
Kick Ret
Year School Conf Class Pos Ret Yds Avg TD Ret Yds Avg TD
2009 Virginia Tech ACC FR DB 31 348 11.2 1 0 0 0
2010 Virginia Tech ACC SO DB 19 239 12.6 1 9 190 21.1 0
2011 Virginia Tech ACC JR DB 14 237 16.9 0 1 29 29.0 0
Career Virginia Tech 64 824 12.9 2 10 219 21.9 0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 3/18/2012.


Tackles
Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2009 Virginia Tech ACC FR DB 6 5 11 1.5 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
2010 Virginia Tech ACC SO DB 34 5 39 1.0 0.0 9 110 12.2 0 17 0 0 0 0
2011 Virginia Tech ACC JR DB 33 26 59 1.0 0.0 3 56 18.7 0 15 0 0 0 2
Career Virginia Tech 73 36 109 3.5 1.0 12 166 13.8 0 34 0 0 0 2
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 3/18/2012.

2nd: #48- DE Cam Johnson Virginia

I believe Johnson is an underrated defensive end who will challenge Hardy’s starting spot immediately. His ability to stop the run would be an instant upgrade over what Hardy has been able to muster in the past.


3rd: #94-WR Tommy Streeter Miami

After fortifying the defensive line and secondary with their first three picks, the Panthers decide to give Cam another weapon on offense. At 6’ 5" and 219 lb, Streeter is a long-armed wide receiver who has speed to burn. Although Streeter probably needs a little time to develop, he has all the tools to succeed at the next level.


Receiving
Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2009 Miami (FL) ACC FR WR 5 114 22.8 0 0 0 0 5 114 22.8 0
2010 Miami (FL) ACC SO WR 1 42 42.0 1 0 0 0 1 42 42.0 1
2011 Miami (FL) ACC JR WR 46 811 17.6 8 0 0 0 46 811 17.6 8
Career Miami (FL) 52 967 18.6 9 0 0 0 52 967 18.6 9
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 3/18/2012.


6th: #169- OLB Kyle Wilber Wake Forest


6th: comp- OT Donald Stephenson Oklahoma

Stephenson’s lack of explosion and strength is the major reason he fell this far. After a couple of years in the Panther’s weight training program, he could become a more viable option at either tackle position.

7th: #199- P Drew ButlerGeorgia

If you didn’t already know, Drew is the son of former Bears punter, Kevin Butler, who played with our head coach for several years. The connection is certainly there, but this isn’t a case of blind nepotism. Drew is the perfect replacement for Baker because he has a stronger leg at a cheaper price.


Punting
Kicking
Year School Conf Class Pos Punts Yds Avg XPM XPA XP% FGM FGA FG% Pts
2008 Georgia SEC FR P 3 107 35.7 0 0 0 0 0
2009 Georgia SEC SO P 56 2691 48.1 0 0 0 0 0
2010 Georgia SEC JR P 50 2225 44.5 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Georgia SEC SR P 58 2566 44.2 0 0 0 0 0
Career Georgia 167 7589 45.4 0 0 0 0 0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 3/18/2012.

7th: comp- CB/KR Bryce Robertson Bucknell

Robertson had a fabulous four year career at Bucknell as both a cornerback and kick returner. He led all division I colleges in total interceptions(13), but will likely be overlooked until a late round.




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