Looking at the Panther's activity at pro days around the country and who they are bringing in for their 30 allotted interviews, Defensive lines seems to be the direction we'll go at number 9. However, other than possibly Quinton Coples, who has his own issues, no one has the talent deserving of a selection that high. As mentioned by many here on CSR the best option would be to trade back. Until recently I did not see this as a possibility, but in Jason Peters bad fortunes I see an opportunity for us.
The Eagles are in win-now mode and can't wait around for their left tackle to heal. OT Reily Reiff out of Iowa is one of the most NFL ready tackles in the draft and although he may not have the highest ceiling he could be the perfect cog for an Eagles run this season. So here it goes: The Eagles trade their first round #15 pick and their second round #46 to the Panthers for our first round #9.
The ensuing draft is after the jump
Round 1 Pick #15: S Mark Barron (University of Alabama)
This highly rated safety will bring immediate impact and give our defensive secondary the vocal leader we have been missing since Harris. Barron has good size at 6'1" and 213 lbs and the range needed at the position. He could be put at either strong safety, moving Godfrey to FS where some see him as a better fit. Or play free safety himself, regardless he projects as an impact player from week 1.
Round 2 Pick #40: CB Janoris Jenkins (University of North Alabama)
To our great benefit Jenkins' troubled past drops him out of the first round and puts the incredibly talented corner in our laps. In my opinion he is easily the second best CB in the draft, but don't take my word for it watch him dominant the mid-major competition this past year.
Round 2 Pick #46 DE Chandler Jones (Syracuse University)
Although raw, Jones is one of the most physically gifted defensive ends in the draft and reminds me of a lesser version of the Giant's Jason Pierre Paul. He weighs in at a tiny bit undersized 247 but has great height at 6'5". This is a great spot in the draft to take a long-term project and a short term improvement in obvious passing situations. Heres to hoping he does indeed fall to us.
Round 4 Pick #104 OLB Danny Trevathan (University of One-and-Dones)
The Kentucky linebacker has piles of film showing his versatility in both run support and pass coverage, compiling 4 interceptions last year. He is also a great leader and will provide insurance and a project at a position decimated by injury last year.
Round 5 Pick #143 P Bryan Anger (University of California)
A huge position of need for us and if Anger does turn out to be the directional punter with the booming leg some predict our special teams would take a huge jump in the league rankings.
Round 6 Pick #180 OT Josh Olgesby (University of Wisconsin)
A big corn fed boy, 6'7" 338 lbs, out of a program that is known for the position provides better line depth as well as some upside.
Round 6 Pick #207 TE David Paulson (University of Oregon)
May not have the measurables of other tight ends in the draft, but he is an incredibly hard worker who was productive at the college level and named captain of the offensive unit by head coach Chip Kelly. Admittedly there will likely be better prospects here athletically but Paulson is a personal favorite of mine and I think he'll add to our growing locker room vibe of hard work and winning.
Round 7 Pick #216 WR Nelson Rosario (UCLA)
This physically gifted receiver never really had good quarterback play and has stayed off the radar of most scouts and teams despite being from a large school. He has great size at 6'4" and 220 lbs and could conceivably convert to TE if he improves his blocking and adds more weight.