With the Panthers' offense in utter shambles, it makes sense to write off the idea of drafting an undersized defensive back in the first few rounds of the draft. After all, we've finally rid ourselves of a vertically-challenged corner in Munnerlyn and safety in Mikell - why go back? I agreed with these sentiments until I decided to check out Lamarcus Joyner's film recently (liked him at FSU, figured why not).
After only a few minutes, my whole attitude towards drafting another shorty immediately changed. Joyner may have been the biggest defensive playmaker in the country last year. He's quick, versatile, and ferocious. He plays with heart. He compares to Mathieu in a lot of ways, but he's a leader on and off the field. He played several different positions at FSU - and did so at a very high level. He can cover. He can hit. He can blitz the quarterback. Joyner also adds value as a kick returner.
Beyond his ability as a player, I believe Joyner would be an ideal fit for the Panthers because of our defensive scheme. With Munnerlyn gone, we lack a nickel corner -- a position that Riverboat recently singled out as a need. As everybody here knows, the Panthers played a nickel package the majority of the time and were extremely successful with it. Joyner would immediately equal, if not upgrade, what Munnerlyn gave us.
If Joyner is available at pick 60, I actually could see Gettleman pulling the trigger on him. G-man has said time and time again, he picks the best players available. I believe Joyner will be atop some draft boards by the end of the second round, if not already selected. Many have him pegged as a third rounder, which is fair. I think he's too much of a difference maker to last that long.
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So, what do you guys think? Would Lamarcus Joyner be worthy of the 60th pick?