The Carolina Panthers have a their third round draft pick for the first time since the 2011 draft (when they had no second round pick). In 2011, Carolina's third round selection was purely needs generated as Marty Hurney, the Panther GM, reached to address the woefully deficient defensive line. Now, Marty was never a football person as much as a financial numbers guy and when the Panthers selected Terrell McClain, Defensive Tackle, out of South Florida it was a pick doomed to fail.
The Panthers now have Dave Gettleman, a football guy, as GM and a desire to stick closely to a "Best Player Available" doctrine in the draft. Going BPA doesn't guarantee Mr. Gettleman will pick whoever is highest rated on their draft board but it does mean that the team won't overreach for a targeted position. This being the case, the throngs of CSR participants banging the table for an offensive tackle, wide receiver, free safety, or whatever are engaging in a futile effort. The Panthers are looking at getting the best value possible from every pick. This does mean that there is a possibility of picking an player from an unexpected position group.
I thought it might be interesting to see who our CSR members think would be an outside the box pick for the Panthers in the third round that would really make sense in the long run. Feel free to expand the breadth of CSR groupthink by identifying a player that would be unexpected yet worthy of the Panther's third round pick. I'll give mine in the comments section of this post to allow for everyone to give their opinions on whether they would buy or sell my choice.