I typically stay away from doing trades in my mock drafts, but am always saying how trading down would be my first choice with what to do with the Panther's 1st round pick. But for a change I decided to combine the two and also include an alternative for every pick which is basically the next guy on my big board at the same position.
Round 2 (from Min): TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (alt: no TE at this point)
I view a TE in the early rounds as more of a luxury for the Panthers than a real need, but I have Austin as BPA right here. A well rounded TE will help the Panthers keep opposing defenses honest when the Panthers go into 2 TE formations. I'm sure a lot be fans are like me and have what the offense was like in Cam's rookie year in the back of their mind.
Round 2: OT Juwan James, Tennessee (alt: Jack Mewhort, Ohio State)
I like Juwan James a lot and I think he will be the best RT to come out of this draft. The only reason I think most draft analysts would consider him a reach here is because of his a perceived lack of versatility (only played RT in college) and no physical attributes that stand out like Mewhorts wingspan or superior athleticism. I think we can plug and play James from week one as a stud at RT that will bring tenacity to our run blocking.
Round 3: WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers (alt: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin or Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss)
There has be a lot of talk about how the Giants have handled their WR situations in the past and how that might translate to what we can expect from Gettleman. The conclusion I've drawn is that with most WR taking a year or two to adjust to the NFL, its best to address this position through free agency or trade. I also think we can bring LaFell back on a team friendly contract that not guaranteed and have him fight for a roster spot.
A quick double dip while the other teams can't see past those tall CBs
Round 3 (from MIn via Seattle): CB E.J. Gaines, Missouri (alt: Jaylen Watkins, Florida)
Round 4 (from MIn): CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida (alt: Ross Cockrell, Duke, Bashaud Breeland, Clemson or Chris Davis, Auburn)
The rise of the tall CBs in this draft will have to be counter-balanced by the fall of some quality sub 6'1" CBs. And the picks we acquired form the Vikings puts the Panthers in perfect positions to pounce on a couple of them.
Round 4: OT Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt (alt: Sentrel Henderson, Miami or Justin Britt, Missouri)
One thing we can take from last season is that you can never have enough depth on the offensive line. Johnson is a very intelligent OL that can play multiple positions, but like Juwan James he doesn't stand out in any way with his athleticism and many scouts thinks he's a little too small.
Round 6: S Dontae Johnson, N.C. State (alt: Alden Darby, Arizona State)
Both Mitchell and Mikell are free agents and we're likely to lose one if not both. While Godfrey is coming back from injury, we can definitely use some depth at the position
Round 7: WR L'Damian Washington Missouri (alt: Tevin Reese, Baylor)
The 7th round is the best time to pick up a project like Washington. He's comparable to Martavis Bryant with more speed, but far less refined as a WR which says a lot. He's also going to need to start catching with his hands instead of his body if he's going to make it in the NFL. But he has the two things you can't teach which are height (6'4") and speed (4.39s 40yard dash) which is why I'm taking him here.