I thought it would be good time to put another mock draft out there into the convoluted pool of all the ones swirling around CSR right now. Trying to stay of sound mind and body during these times trying to navigate of why we love player X over player Y while player Z is just another JAG can make anyone go insane. Let me guide us down a path of sanity of the direction the Panthers could go in on draft day.
1st Round 28th Overall: Marcus Roberson CB, Florida
If the speculation turns out to be true that the Panthers intend on releasing both Josh Norman and Josh Thomas, Carolina will have to find replacements for them either in free agency or the NFL Draft. Most likely it will be both avenues taken that will address the personnel for the secondary in 2014. So here we are at Marcus Roberson the 6' 0" 195 lbs. corner from the university of Florida. He has the size and length of the cornerbacks the NFL is starting to covet and is considered a true cover corner. With Carolina drafting where they are Roberson at this spot makes a ton of sense if Gettleman is going to retool the secondary this off season. As of now Roberson is the 40th overall ranked prospect for the entire draft and would not be a reach selecting at the 28th spot. If Norman and Thomas are let go that leaves Just Melvin White under contract that has seen any real playing time. This could be Gett's play from a drafting stand point, get a play maker for the secondary then look to address the WR and OL positions within the next few Panther's picks since those two position groups have more quality of depth in prospects than the cornerback group does.
Here is what Dane Bruglar say's about Roberson
STRENGTHS: Good size and length for the position and uses his long arms to disrupt receivers. Fluid movement skills with quick feet and body control to blanket in coverage - smooth hips and balanced transition in bump-and-run.
Good route anticipation and stays patient and controlled, but also the recovery quickness to take chances. Instinctive and alert to make positive plays on the ball. Barely gets lost with a good feel in coverage, understanding when to look for the ball.
Very physical and fearless in coverage and aggressive in pursuit. Works hard to gain ideal body position and knows how to use the sideline. Excellent competitor and won't back down from bigger targets. Experience on special teams as a punt returner. Has worked hard to get stronger in the weight room.
WEAKNESSES: Needs to improve his discipline in coverage - too much physical contact downfield. Will get lackadaisical at times with his technique and play too tall or get grabby. Has the read/react quickness to click-and-close in a hurry but needs to do it more consistently on underneath throws - will allow his hips to be turned too easily in bail technique.
Needs to consistently wrap to finish hits and break down better in space - lack of strength shows vs. the run.
Durability concerns after battling knee and ankle injuries over his career - missed five games in 2013. Character needs investigated after an alcohol arrest in Sept. 2011 and a one-game suspension in 2013 (vs. South Carolina) for a violation of team rules.
--Dane Brugler (1/5/13)
Now for the rest of the mock draft,
2nd Round 60th Overall: Jordan Matthews WR, Vanderbilt
3rd Round 92nd Overall: Jared Abbrederis WR, Wisconsin
4th Round 124 Overall: Juwan James OT, Tennessee
5th Round 156 Overall: Ahmad Dixon SS, Baylor
6th Round 188 Overall: Deandre Coleman DT, California
7th Round 203 Overall (From New York): James Morris ILB, Iowa
There you have it the "SANE" mock draft, enjoy!