Greetings, Panthers fans.
Actually, don't go back and read them because they're pretty stupid (based on the grades given by y'all) so you probably want to save that time for something more useful.
Anyway, I figured since the draft is only two days away (Can you believe it?!), I would do one more mock draft to give y'all something to laugh at until Thursday night.
I'm not going to go into a lot of detail explaining my reasoning for these picks, because let's face it - every possible player who can be picked by the Panthers has been explained, debated, and argued over; so there's really no point in going into a lot of unnecessary detail when I don't have to. (Is that lazy journalism or what?)
Without further ado, here's the final edition of Mocking B-Dub Style:
(Please note, in this mock I'm not including trades - mainly because that's just too much work. Also, the round in which I took each player in this mock is based on CBS Sports' prospect rankings.)
Star Lotulelei - DT, Utah
I think the upper half of the 1st round is going to feature teams picking the elite OL prospects, QB's, and pass rushers, so the Panthers will be the fortunate recipients of a guy who falls farther than he should. Star is a top-tier talent in the making (a superstar, if you want to use a bad pun), and the Panthers should run to the podium if he happens to be on the board when their pick is due. They need a DT, and he happens to be a good one. It makes perfect sense (to me, at least).
Larry Warford - OG, Kentucky
I've mocked Warford in the 2nd round in every mock draft I've done, so why should I change that now? The Panthers used one of their visits on Warford, and he's a big fat fatty who can plug the interior offensive line and give Cam Newton some much needed protection. Also, I'm hoping they stick him in at FB on goal line situations like the Bears did with The Fridge back in the day.
David Quessenberry - OT, San Jose State
Jordan Gross is essentially on a one year deal after restructuring his contract, and the Panthers will need someone to replace him when he eventually leaves (duh). They can find a potential replacement for Gross by picking up a good OT prospect in the 4th round in Quessenberry (assuming he's still there, and in my world he is). Plus, it's really fun to type and say Quessenberry. Try it, I promise you'll like it.
Sanders Commings - CB, Georgia
I've always held a belief that you shouldn't trust a guy with two last names as first names, but in this case I'm willing to make an exception. Commings is a good CB prospect who could fill a nickle-corner role in Carolina, and considering we only have three of those guys he's a perfect fit.
Seriously, I think Commings is a good fit for Carolina because the Panthers do need help in the secondary. A lot of scouts think Commings will switch to safety in the NFL, which is convenient because the Panthers need one of those too. In the 5th round, I think he's a good pick up.
Aaron Mellette - WR, Elon
The Panthers passed on a WR in the first round, but that doesn't mean they will go through this draft without getting one. Mellette is a local product who has good size (6'3", 217), speed (4.45 40 time), and hands (10.27 receptions per game in 2011).
The best part is he can sit back and learn for a year while the Panthers roll with a top three WR depth chart of Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, and Domenik Hixon. It's hard to beat this kind of value in the 6th round, so I think the Panthers would (and should) pull the trigger on him if he's on the board.
Well, that's it for this edition of Mocking B-Dub Style. How do you think I did? I'm not including a poll this time because those hurt my feelings*, so just tell me how much you love this mock draft in the comments section.
Consider these questions as you comment:
Which pick is your favorite, and why?
Which pick is your least favorite, and why?
What would you have done differently?
Let's discuss, shall we? Tell me what you think!
* Not really, in case you were genuinely concerned (and I know you were).