After much debate and prognostication, the Carolina Panthers have finished up the 2012 NFL Draft with picks that some call BPA, some need, and some BS. Here they are:
Rd. 1, Pick 9 (9) - Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Rd. 2, Pick 8 (40) - Amini Silatolu, OL, Midwestern State
Rd. 4, Pick 8 (103) - Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma
Rd. 4, Pick 9 (104) - Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
Rd. 5, Pick 8 (143) - Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina
Rd. 6, Pick 37 (207) - Brad Nortman, P, Wisconsin
Rd. 7, Pick 9 (216) - D.J. Cambell, FS, California
I had given my endorsement of Fletcher Cox before the draft, but I am equally excited about the Kuechly selection. He is the only player that I would have been fine picking with Cox still on the board. (Kalil and Claiborne aside ofcourse) I think he will be an absolute monster in our LB corp for many years to come.
I do not understand what all the hate for Silatolu is from. "He is a D. II football player!" Just STFU already guys. He was projected as a 1st rounder by many many people. He is a beast that never got to play D-I because of grades. NEWS FLASH, you don't have to be smart to bulldoze D-linemen and Linebackers.
Frank Alexander was a shocker, but he has some great potential. He had a good amount of Sacks and TFL the past 2 years. I am skeptical of the 3rd round pick we gave away to move up, but if he works out, it will be worth it.
A lot of people thought that Joe Adams would be gone by the time our pick came around in the 4th. He was slated to come off the board in the 3rd, and I can't wait to celebrate his first PR Touchdown this season. I'm hoping we can get used to seeing him slice through opposing ST units for TDs.
To be honest, I had not heard about Josh Norman leading up to the draft. According to his profile on NFL.com, he has some potential as a solid player on the next level. We will see what he can contribute to a weak DB unit beyond Chris Gamble.
"Brad Nortman, WTF!" was my reaction. I guess I just predicted the Panthers drafting Drew Butler, P, Georgia (with the private workout and connection to BAMF). Hell, if we decided to actually use a draft pick on a punter, he probably has a chance to be pretty decent.
No idea who D.J. Cambell is, but he has a chance to compete, at least for a ST role.
All in all, I think this was a very solid draft. We truly went BPA, unless there was no clear BPA, then need was applied. Just as Hurney and BAMF said. I cannot wait until we can see all of these young men on the field in a Carolina Panthers uniform.
Let's hear what you have to say!