If Carolina want a defensive tackle, then they got an awfully good one in Matthew Fairburn's latest for Mocking the Draft. A series of trades had teams fill their needs, but some believable reaches leads to the Panthers getting a player previously thought to be unattainable.
Here is a quick outline of the trades:
- Miami moves up for Lane Johnson
- New York gets the 13th overall pick as part of a trade for Darrelle Revis.
Now for the Panthers' pick...
14. Carolina Panthers: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
There's nothing wrong with Floyd. The only reason he may fall this far in the draft is due to needs. Floyd is a very good player, and the Panthers should be happy to get him to stop the run. He's agile enough to rush the passer as well.
A serious coup for Carolina, they get a player regarded to be a top-five talent without needing to move up. Versatility is Floyd's strong suit, and that's how he can be effective in Carolina. Primarily a run stopper from the three-technique position, he's an effort player who can get into the backfield quickly -- and even be a stop-gap defensive end as needed.
After Star Lotuleli, Floyd is my favorite DT in this class. He would immediately improve the defensive line, and give Kuechly some much-needed help.
The most fascinating difference in this mock comes in the QB situation. Geno Smith goes #4 overall, but then it's a ghost #26 when the Bills trade back into the first to selected E.J. Manuel from Florida State. This would be a shock, but crazier things have happened.