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
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.
|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|
|6||2011-10-15||Mississippi State||South Carolina||L||4||2||6||4.0||2.0||0||0||0||0|
|11||2011-12-30||Mississippi State||N||Wake Forest||W||4||3||7||2.0||1.0||0||0||0||0|
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.
2nd: #48- DE Cam Johnson
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
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.
6th: #169- OLB Kyle Wilber Wake Forest
6th: comp- OT Donald Stephenson
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
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.
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.