As I sip on a delicious Young's Double Chocolate stout I have a nice Mock Draft to share with everyone. I have been putting it together since the Combine and tweaking it almost daily. With the turmoil of the past 10 days or so things in Panther land have gotten a bit unknown. The unknown can be scary if you aren't prepared for it. DG and the boys just need to look into my crystal ball and all will become clear on Draft day. I'm sure this Mock is going to be quite unpopular among the masses of draftnicks on CSR, but who cares?
ROUND 1 (28) Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE WASH: Best "classic" TE in the draft. Will block, move the chains, and be a solid player on day 1. He is not the flashy player that Ebron and Amaro are, but he is a much better all-around prospect for the position. We liked Eifert last year, and I think that ASJ is a similar player. Not sexy, but will contribute instantly and give Cam another receiving option.
ROUND 2 (60) Donte Moncrief WR OLE MISS: All I am going to say about this prospect is that he had a better 40 time, vertical jump, and broad jump than Sammy Watkins at the combine and he is a much more imposing physical specimen. He also produced similar numbers to Watkins in a much tougher conference with an average at best college QB. Has #1 WR written all over him. Very high character.
ROUND 3 (92) Billy Turner OT N. DAKOTA ST.: Small school player will take some time to adjust, but look out when he does. 4 year starter that plays angry. Nasty is an excellent trait for a lineman, he is not dirty he just plays until the whistle. Has NFL bloodlines as his father played in the league and his brother was drafted by, you guessed it, the Giants a couple of years ago. DG was on that staff. Maybe not a day 1 starter, but will be starting before the end of the year for somebody.
ROUND 4 (124) Brandon Coleman WR RUTGERS: Had a terrible year with the Scarlet Knights. Will take some time to adjust, but he will be at least be a red-zone target early in his career. Watch his Soph tape and he looks like a faster Plaxico Burress. Could dominate if he learns how to use his body to his advantage, but he has a lot to learn as of today.
ROUND 5 (156) Louchiez Purifoy CB FLORIDA: I was as disappointed as anyone with his Combine performance. He is smaller than I thought and slower. That is the only reason he is available this late in the draft. I want play makers in the secondary and Purifoy makes plays. 2 ints, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovered, 1 blk punt, and 2 sacks in his last year at UF. Has always looked the part and I think with coaching he could find his way onto the field early with the Panthers. Should be a very good special teams player.
ROUND 6 (188) Russell Bodine C/OG UNC: Versatile interior lineman that is ox-strong. 42 reps at the Combine says it all. Could be a plug and play player at any of the interior line positions, with the benefit of learning from the games best Center.
ROUND 7 (203) Khairi Fortt OLB CAL: Former Penn State player should have stayed in school. Does possess the athletic ability to see the field early as a special teams player. Has the size and speed to play ILB or OLB. Could be the heir apparent to TD in a couple of years.
UDFA WISH LIST: Rob Crisp OT NCSU, James Franklin QB MIZZ, Soloman Patton WR Florida, Gator Hoskins FB Marshall, and Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern
As with all Drafts you can't get everybody you want and you can't fill all of the holes, but this draft would go a long way in laying a foundation for our future. Thanks for reading and any and all feedback is welcome. HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY, please be safe!!!