With just two weeks left until the 2013 NFL Draft, here’s another mock draft for the Carolina Panthers. In this draft, the Panthers address the need at the wide receiver position, and add depth to the offensive line and secondary.
1.14: Keenan Allen, WR, California
There is a good chance that Allen is going to be the pick at this spot, as the Panthers have shown the most interest in him out of all the prospects during the pre-draft process. Although Allen had a disappointing 40-time at his Pro Day, he is still an excellent prospect because of his big size, smooth route running ability, and strong hands. Allen would be an excellent addition to the Panthers offense as a top possession receiver.
2.12: Matt Elam, SS, Florida
Elam is one of the most violent safeties in this year’s draft, as he is a hard hitting, physical enforcer over the middle of the field. Although Elam doesn’t have excellent size or range, he displayed good ability in coverage, as he matched up well against tight ends and slot receivers. However, Elam will need to learn to consistently wrap up when tackling instead of going for the knockout blow. Despite these minor flaws, Elam would be a good pickup in the second round as he’d immediately upgrade the Panthers secondary.
4.11: Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
The Panthers desperately need help at the guard position, and Bailey fits the bill perfectly as a traditional mauler. He is a powerful run blocker and is capable as a pass blocker as well. Bailey would instantly start at the right guard position on the Panthers offensive line.
5.15: Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
Faulk is an intriguing prospect - he flashed some ability in 2011, but due to a torn ACL he suffered in September, he missed all of the 2012 season. Faulk played left tackle at LSU, but is too stiff and lacks the technique to play that position in the pros. This is why he is projected to play right tackle in the NFL. Faulk would be good competition for Byron Bell for the starting spot at the right tackle position. At worst, he is an excellent depth player who could play either tackle position in a pinch.
6.14: Brandon McGee, CB, Miami
Although McGee struggled against receivers last season, he looked much more comfortable during the East-West Shrine Game practices. Make no mistake – McGee is not going to be a starter any time soon. At the moment, he is a raw player with poor technique, but he has the size and athleticism to become a valuable contributor in a year or two. In his rookie year, McGee would add good depth to the Panthers secondary.
So, what are your thoughts on this mock draft, Panthers fans? What do you like about this draft? Would there be any picks you would change? Feel free to sound off in the comments section!