So today we finally get the tea leaves we all have been waiting for. Grant it, less than 24 hours before the draft, but better late then never right? So Scott Fowler posted an intresting article today and touched on some points that might just indicate who our man will be tommorrow night when we are up to pick. I have to admit, as you can probably tell from my title, I was going to make a fanpost about how we need to take Alshon Jeffery in the 2nd round, but then I read these intresting points on Fowler's article so instead of making 2 different fanposts I decided I would kill 2 birds with one stone and make just one fanpost. Lets get started.
So what intresting tid bits came from Scott Fowler? Well for starters, league sources confirmed that the Panthers front office arent in love with Melvin Ingram and view him more as 3-4 OLB and not someone who would fit the Panthers defense.
League sources also confirm the Panthers have met with Stephon Gilmore and Panthers dont view him as top 10 material. (I know, go ahead and make fun of my draft model that included Gilmore, get it out of your system.)
So the next bit of info involves Coples. So about that visit Marty Hurney and Ron Rivera had with Coples on Monday? Yea, so it was for 2 hours.. At Coples apartment, with his family. So, ummm yea. A visit to his home, with his family, 3 days before the draft. I would say, a family visit is more than a smokescreen, all signs point to Coples being the pick. I was very harsh on Coples a couple months back. Since then I watched his pro day and combine film. And It looks as though I could be wrong on Coples and he could be the next Aldon Smith if he stays motivated.
Ok now onto Alshon Jeffery. I fully believe he will be there when we pick in the 2nd round. I think we have no choice but to draft him and here is why. All signs point to Claiborne being the Bucs pick, Falcons today signed Asante Samuel and now have a very strong CB corps. Not only that but with the Bucs having Vincent Jackson, Falcons having Roddy White a d Julio Jones. We must find a true stud number 2 WR. Alshon Jeffery fits that mold. He came in and lost weight, ran a much better than expected 40 time and had it not been for the type of offense ran at USC he would have had another break out year. A WR like Alshon would greatly impact and open up our offense and be the perfect compliment to Steve Smith.