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New guy here with mock draft


I posted this on Carolina Huddle as well and received a lot of hate for 3rd rounder....I hope you at least consider my argument for him.

Although I've been browsing this forum for about a year now, this is my first post, so I wanted it to be a good one. With the draft coming up this Thursday, I wanted to post a mock draft of my own. While I admit I don't watch a lot of game tape for many prospects, I read mock drafts and big boards and follow very closely the needs of the Panther's organization.

I'm not going to bust out 50 different options, as I only see two possible outcomes. The Panthers have shown interest in trading back and the Jets have shown interest in moving up a bit for Ingram. If he's available, I give it about a 50% chance we move back to the 16th spot, and receive their 3rd rounder.
With that being said, here is my mock draft.

Round Pick # Player Position Other Option(s) Position
1 16 Whitney Mercilus DE Andre Branch DE


In my opinion (and it appears it's also the opinion of Rivera), our biggest need is a pass rusher. If Quinton Coples and Fletcher Cox are gone, or if Hurney doesn't see them as great picks, we would trade back and take the best pass rusher available. I honestly do not see Greg Hardy as a full time starter at this point. He was horrible against the run, and while there are many excuses available for him as well as the fact that he could develop, I see him more as a rotational player. Mercilus or Branch would be a great replacement and with Neblett and Edwards to help with DT, I think we would have the run defense/pass rush we need.


Round Pick # Player Position Other Option(s) Position
2 40 Bobby Massie OT Trumaine Johnson,Janoris Jenkins CB

Oddly enough,this was my hardest round so far. I haven't seen this guy mocked to us yet, but here is what WlaterFootball.com had to say about him


"Bobby Massie*, OT, Ole Miss
Height: 6-6. Weight: 316.
40 Time: 5.23.

  • Bench: 22. Arm: 35.
    Projected Round (2012): 2.

    4/24/12: Massie has quietly moved up draft boards. He had a decent Combine but reportedly had an impressive pro day. Some believe he could crack the first round but should go in the top half of the second round. It wouldn't be a complete shock if a team takes him over Adams.

    Massie had some quality games this season, but did not have his best performance against Alabama. He did well in run blocking in 2011. Massie is too strong to be bull rushed, and he has the athletic ability to mirror well in pass blocking.

    Massie is still a little raw and could use more experience and development. There are stretches where he simply overwhelms defenders. Massie looks like he is a future starter at right tackle in the NFL.

    8/20/11: Bobby Massie has started 17 straight games at right tackle after breaking into the starting lineup during his freshman season. Massie played very well in 2010. He was an excellent pass blocker and a hard-nosed run blocker. Massie has a high ceiling, and by the time he enters the draft in 2012 or 2013, he could be a first-round pick."
The reason I'm going OT is I don't believe Otah is the answer. I don't think he will ever be healthy for an entire season and Byron Bell had some serious growing pains last year. How many penalties did he commit again?? I could have gone CB here, but I felt OT was our greatest need as Hogan may be the replacement we need along with the fact that the added pass rush will help our DB's....

Round Pick # Player Position Other Option(s)
3 77 Russell Wilson QB LB,CB,WR



Ok, hear me out here. We ARE rebuilding. We have an offense which is built on a mobile QB. Although Derek Anderson is good as a backup at the moment because he knows the system, he is not a long term answer, nor is he very mobile. As for Clausen....well, he simply doesn't fit here at all. Drafting Wilson is a GREAT move here as he would be a perfect fit for this offense. He is sliding down the draft mostly because of his height, but the man is a great Backup and possibly future starter somewhere. While this may not seem like the sexiest pick at the moment, if Cam were to go down for a few games in the next year or two, would you really want someone like Clausen leading our team?


Round Pick # Player Position
4 104 Joe Adams PR/WR


I like this guy, a LOT. Maybe it's just me, but he reminds me a bit of Steve Smith with his speed/size. (who was also drafted in Round 3 as a PR/WR) I think we have an excellent special teams return man and possibly a future starter at WR if he develops.


Round Pick # Player Position
5 143 Bryan Anger P


There's not a lot to be said here. We don't have a Punter, this is arguably the best Punter in the draft. Yes, we could wait till Round 7 and draft a mediocre punter, but I believe we are trying to build a strong Special Teams and that the Front office realizes that FIELD POSITION CAN WIN GAMES.


Round Player Position
6,6,7 ????????? OL and LB depth


I'm new to this, and don't really have a clue as to who would go here, but I do think that these spots should be filled with potential LB and OL talent. Maybe even CB.


To sum up my draft in case you didn't feel like reading.....


Round Pick # Player Position Other Option(s) Position
1 16 Whitney Mercilus DE Andre Branch DE


Round Pick # Player Position Other Option(s) Position
2 40 Bobby Massie OT Trumaine Johnson,Janoris Jenkins CB


Round Pick # Player Position Other Option(s)
3 77 Russell Wilson QB LB,CB,WR


Round Pick # Player Position
4 104 Joe Adams PR/WR


Round Pick # Player Position
5 143 Bryan Anger P


Round Player Position
6,6,7 ????????? OL and LB depth


You may note that I didn't really lean towards addressing CB,LB or WR with this draft.

Why I didn't go LB:

I feel that we have decent backups at LB, esp. with re-signing Senn and Applewhite and while it would be great to spend a pick on Insurance for Beason or Thomas Davis, we don't have unlimited picks and I felt the bigger need was at Pass Rusher. I believe the Front Office agrees with me as well.

Why I didn't go CB:

Mostly BPA coupled with our needs, I felt like Jenkins is a bit too risky. Other than him, I didn't see a CB that would be able to start immediately in the second round by beating out Hogan or Munnerlyn for the job. Also, again, I stand my ground that our Pass defense will improve immensely with the added Pass Rush and fixes on the DL. Also, don't forget our new DB coach....

Why I didn't go WR:

This has been the biggest debate I've seen so far with the draft. Hear me out.... We ARE rebuilding. We ARE a young team that is growing. We have SEVERE problems with the defense and special teams that needed addressing last year. We took care of Special Teams for the most part this offseason and now we need to address Defense.

Do we need another WR? Sort of... I believe between Gettis, Lafell, Pliares and Adams that we have our future number 2 and number 3 receivers. We will need to find a replacement for Steve Smith, but he has quite a few years left, so why not let Gettis and Lafell have another year to grow?
We may see one of them breakout, and we can draft a WR with our first pick next year and start grooming him to possibly be Smith's replacement.



* Other option if we don't trade back
Round Pick # Player Position Other Option(s) Position
1 9 Fletcher Cox DT Quinton Coples DE

Round Pick # Player Position Other Option(s) Position
2 40 Bobby Massie OT Trumaine Johnson,Janoris Jenkins CB


Round Pick # Player Position
4 104 Joe Adams PR/WR


Round Pick # Player Position
5 143 Bryan Anger P


Round Player Position
6,6,7 ????????? OL and LB depth

I'd love to hear some feedback and/or criticism on my picks/thoughts regarding this draft.
(If anyone read this far)

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