WR Cordarrelle Patterson and S Matt Elam Win With 56% Of The Vote
Although I wouldn't have picked this dynamic duo to win the whole thing, I do understand why they were so popular in hindsight. Selecting the receiver with possibly the highest ceiling in the draft would most certainly inject this offense with an explosiveness that will have defensive coordinators thinking and re-thinking how to mitigate our multiple weapons. Elam has the potential to start from day one if he can beat out newly signed strong safety Mike Mitchell. At worst, Elam could contribute on special teams immediately while providing some additional depth in the defensive backfield as he learns from the veterans and adjusts to the speed of the NFL.
The one major issue I have with this tandem is the fact that they will do nothing to improve our offensive/defensive lines, which just happen to be the two most important position groups in football. At this point, none of us will be surprised to see the Panthers pick a receiver early based on the fact that the Panthers are looking at almost every wide-out with 1st and 2nd round grades, and then some. If this actually does come to fruition, then I think it is highly unlikely the Panthers will neglect the trenches again in the second round. However, we must always expect the unexpected when it comes the NFL draft, and I suspect this year will be full of surprises in every round.
In closing, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in this inaugural draft tournament, and I look forward to presenting a whole new format next March/April when we will have a whole new list of prospects to choose from with the 32nd pick in each round.