A lot of us are predicting a double-dip in this draft. Some of us wanting a double dip in WRs, others predicting a double-up on the O-line as well as a select few predicting we pick up two DBs. Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn over at MockingTheDraft.com say that you are all wrong.
What did they predict in their latest mock? Two FSU Seminoles.
Steve Smith has been on a steady decline over the last few seasons, and the Carolina Panthers need to find another wide receiver to eventually replace him as the team's No. 1 option. For Cam Newton to take the next step in his development, he needs better receivers than Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. Enter Kelvin Benjamin, who drops a few too many passes and needs to refine his route running, but has the physicality and speed to be a difference-maker in the red zone.
Personally, I'm not the biggest fan of Kelvin Benjamin for the reasons that have been constantly discussed since the last time MTD mocked him to us.
Other Players Left on the Board:
- Jace Amaro, TE
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE
- Jordan Matthews, WR
- Cyril Richardson, OG
- Allen Robinson, WR
- Brandon Cooks, WR
I don't agree with the pick, but given the other options I can't complain too much. If you want to see a more thorough look at Benjamin click here.
The next Seminole was:
60. Carolina Panthers - Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida State
Finding Cam Newton a new wide receiver is the clear-cut top priority in Carolina this offseason, but adding talent to the secondary isn't far behind. Lamarcus Joyner is a player who the Panthers can move around a bit until they find the right spot for him. He could be a nickel cornerback or a safety, depending on where the Panthers need him to play.
In the 2nd round, I don’t see us taking Joyner. As noted in the explanation, Joyner is projected as a nickel CB or a S. We already have a nickel who we really shouldn’t keep moving outside (Munnerlyn) and I’m not entirely sure what Joyner brings to the table at S is enough of an improvement to warrant a 2nd round pick.
Players left on the board:
- Morgan Moses, OT
- Ju'wan James, OT
- Dion Bailey, S
- Marcus Roberson, CB
- Loucheiz Purifoy, CB
- Jared Abbrederis, WR
- Cameron Fleming, OT
- David Yankey, OG
Given the other players available I don't personally believe that Joyner is going to be the best player for us. I doubt Gettlemen passes on some of those big hog mollies on the O-line, a different DB, or a WR like Abbrederis.
What do you guys think?