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ArealPanthersFan Mock Draft Vol. 1

OK, before I get started, let me make it clear that this is the first time I have ever did this and of course things could change after the combine. I will use the BPA formula. Also, for a twist, I'm doing to do this draft as if we dropped out of the 1st round and picked up a 2nd and 4th pick. So, let's get started.

2nd Round

Jordan Matthews, WR-6'3, 205,Vanderbilt

Matthews, a cousin of the legendary Jerry Rice, is a better football player than he is an athlete. While he led the SEC with a gaudy 19.0 yards-per-catch average last season, he has good (but not great) build-up speed. His size allows him to be moved inside and out in Vandy's offense, allowing the team to find him favorable matchups and has very good hand-eye coordination to haul in tough passes, including one-handed catches. Already included on the Biletnikof Award watch list as one of the country's top wide receivers, Matthews could continue his ascent up NFL draft boards with a strong junior campaign.

2nd Round

Antonio Richardson, OT-6'6, 332, Tennessee

STRENGTHS:
Combination of size, agility, patience and power. Shocking athleticism for his size. Well-proportioned with broad shoulders, long arms and tree trunks for legs. Richardson shows surprising quickness and balance off the snap in pass protection, sliding quickly left to properly protect the blind side. He latches on with strong hands and rides with the pass rusher before settling, squaring his shoulders and sustaining nicely by playing on the balls of his feet. WEAKNESSES: Was bull-rushed into the quarterback multiple times in a marquee matchup against Jadeveon Clowney in 2013. Needs to be more technically consistent, as he'll get over-extended off the snap, and will at times stop his feet altogether, when asked to redirect in mirroring counter-moves. Compares To: Erik Williams, ex-Cowboys -- Like Williams, Richardson is a massive offensive tackle with the ability to re-route pass rushers and be a road-grader in the ground game.

>3rd Round

Arthur Lynch, TE-6'5, 254, Georgia

STRENGTHS: Lynch's strength and awareness as an in-line blocker rank among his most impressive attributes at this point in his career. He is quick off the snap, latches onto defenders quickly and securely and is competitive. He is particularly effective on combination blocks in which he initially helps an offensive tackle double-team a defensive lineman before switching off to chip a linebacker at the second level. Lynch shows reliable hands and has a big frame to shield defenders from the ball. WEAKNESSES: Isn't going to run away or make many defenders miss in the open field.

4th Round

Brandon Linder, OG-6'6, 319, Mimai(Fla)

Linder has very good size and athletic ability for either tackle or center at the major level of competition. His flexibility, foot quickness and balance are positives regardless of where he ends up playing. Gets in and out of his stance with a good controlled and first step.

4th Round

Ross Cockrell,CB-6'0, 189,Duke

When it comes to pure off-man mirror coverage, Cockrell might be as good as any cornerback in this draft class. He has three years of starting experience and it shows: he is one of the most savvy corners I have seen. Cockrell knows how to use the sideline as an extra defender, similar to Dee Milliner from this past year’s class. He is sublime at play recognition and can close as well as any cornerback that I have watched. Cockrell times his route jumps well and is often around the ball. His hands are questionable, but they’re passable for a cornerback.

5th Round

Wesley Johnson, OT-6'5, 290, Vanderbilt

STRENGTHS: Generously listed at 6-5 and 295 pounds, Johnson's bulk, strength and overall length aren't traditional strengths, but he has easy movement skills and does an excellent job getting to the second level with above average lower body control to mirror in space. He is smart with astute awareness to pick up defenders and is a clinic for combination blocks. Excels with body positioning and has a brilliant understanding of angles and utilizes his entire frame to shield defenders from the protection zone. WEAKNESSES: Needs to flash more nastiness at the point of attack to control rushers in the run game. A bit undersized.

6th Round

Cody Hoffman, WR-6'3,210, Brigham Young

Hoffman has all the makings of a very good possession receiver. He shows knowledge of how to use his size to his advantage as well as how to use route fakes and the ability to recognize coverage on the fly. He’s a very smart player. There are some areas that Hoffman needs to improve on—most notably his hands and the ability to get off jams. Hoffman has some potential to stretch the field, but he’ll likely never be a big deep threat. I see him more as a V-Jax or Colston type player that is able to get open down-field off play action and use their size to win down-field in one on one.

7th RoundChris Coyle, FB/TE-6'2,240, Arizona State

Coyle is a very undersized tight end who has to add weight for the NFL. He is a good receiver and led the Sun Devils in receiving as a junior with 57 receptions for 696 yards and five touchdowns. It was a breakout year as for Coyle, who had only 73 yards on six catches as sophomore. He could potentially be moved to fullback in the NFL.

So there you have it, let me know what you think.

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