JKP's Full 3 Round Draft Simulation

Getting weary waiting for the NFL Draft? Me too! So I decided to make a full, 3 round draft simulation.

Note that this is not a 3 round mock draft. The aim was not to simply find out who the Panthers would pick. The aim was to do an extensive and thorough simulation of how the draft might play out. With that in mind, I tried my best to make the best picks for each team in mind, with no thought to how it might shape the Panthers board. I also tried my best to not concern myself with who the Panthers might pick before the selection. When it was the Panthers turn, I simply tried to make the best selection on the available talent.

Nevertheless, let's get started!

Round 1

1. ATL (Trade w/ HOU) - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

2. DET (Trade w/ STL) - Sammy Watkins, Clemson

3. JAC - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

4. CLE - Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

5. OAK - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

6. TB - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

7. HOU (Trade w/ ATL) - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

8. PHI (Trade w/ MIN) - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

9. BUF - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

10. STL (Trade w/ DET) - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

11. TEN - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

12. NYG - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

13. STL - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

14. CHI - Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

15. PIT - Darqueeze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.

16. DAL - Zach Martin, OG, Notre Dame

17. BAL - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

18. NYJ - Eric Ebron, TE, UNC

19. MIA - CJ Mosely, LB, Alabama

20. ARI - Kony Ealy, OLB, Missouri

21. GB - Kyle Fuller, CB, VT

22. MIN (Trade w/ PHI) - Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

23. KC - Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU

24. CIN - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

25. SD - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

26. CLE - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

27. NO - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU

28. CAR - Marqise Lee, WR, USC

At 28, Marqise Lee is clearly the best value available for the Panthers. He has the potential to be a number one wide receiver at the next level, and that is convenient seeing as how this team needs one in the wake of Steve Smith's departure.

Lee's role in the Panthers offense will be simple: stretch the field vertically and horizontally. Cam Newton has a big arm, and yet no one that can keep defensive coordinators up at night. If Lee can keep overcoming adversity and excelling, this should pay big dividends for the Panthers lackluster passing offense.



29. NE - Rashede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota

30. SF - Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

31. DEN - David Yankey, OG, Stanford

32. SEA - Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

Round 2

33. HOU - Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

34. WAS - Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

35. CLE - Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

36. OAK - Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

37. HOU (Trade w/ ATL) - Stephon Tuitt, DT/DE, Notre Dame

38. TB - Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

39. JAC - Xavier Su'a Filo, OG, UCLA

40. MIN - Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

41. BUF - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

42. TEN - Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

43. NYG - Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

44. STL - Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

45. STL (Trade w/ DET) - Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman

46. PIT - Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

47. DAL - Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

48. BAL - Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

49. NYJ - Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

50. MIA - Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor

51. CHI - Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

52. ARI - Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

53. GB - Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

54. MIN (Trade w/ PHI) - Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

55. CIN - Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

56. SF - Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

57. SD - Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

58. NO - Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

59. IND - Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State

60. CAR - Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

Here, the Panthers unluckily and narrowly missed out on a few talents that would help them, such as Joyner, Ward, Landry, Kouandjio, and Moses. However, there are still some talents available. Amongst the rest, Antonio Richardson is the best of the bunch.

Richardson has legitimate first round talent, but simply got lost in the shuffle amongst a deep draft class and a bad combine performance. This is good news for the Panthers, who sorely need a talented tackle, as stalwart left tackle Jordan Gross retired. Richardson would fit nicely as Cam Newton's blindside tackle, but needs work on his craft.

With Marqise Lee and Antonio Richardson, the Panthers are nicely adding some talent to an offense that had clear holes.



61. SF - Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

62. NE - Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

63. DEN - Yawin Smallwood, LB, Connecticut

64. SEA - Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Round 3

65. HOU - CJ Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

66. WAS - Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford

67. OAK - Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

68. ATL - Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami

69. TB - Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas

70. JAC - Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State

71. CLE - Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

72. MIN - Marcus Martin, OG/OC, USC

73. BUF - Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa

74. NYG - Joel Bitonio, OG, Nevada

75. STL - Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

76. DET - Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina

77. SF - DaQuan Jones, DT/DE, Penn State

78. DAL - Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech

79. BAL - Billy Turner, OT/OG, North Dakota State

80. NYJ - Kadeem Carey, RB, Arizona

81. MIA - Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor

82. CHI - Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton

83. CLE - Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

84. ARI - Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

85. GB - Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

86. PHI - Dion Bailey, S, USC

87. KC - Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State

88. CIN - Telvin Smith, Florida State

89. SD - Jeremiah Attoachu, OLB, Georgia Tech

90. IND - Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

91. NO - Keith McGill, CB, Utah

92. CAR - Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

With ninety-one picks in the books, the pool of elite talent is clearly winding down. There are a few candidates that merit this selection. While Pierre Desir, Ross Cockrell, Antone Exum, Bishop Sankey, and Jack Mewhort are good candidates for the ninety-second pick, Jared Abbrederis stands out.

Wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl is likey banging the table for Abbrederis here. He likely sees a reflection of himself in this young man. Abbrederis is a blue-collar, hard-working, overachieving, crafty and savvy wide receiver. Sporting a narrow frame, Abbrederis needs to add bulk to play on the outside at the next level. He may only have the ceiling as a true third option in the passing game as a slot WR, but he is special and should excel however he is utilized. He will likely emerge as one of Cam Newton's favorite targets, making this a worthwhile selection.



93. NE - Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

94. SF - Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor

95. DEN - Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon

96. MIN - Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida

97. PIT - Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

98. GB - Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

99. BAL - Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State

100. SF - Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina

Your thoughts? Agree/Disagree with some elements of the simulation? Would you have selected differently given the same choices?

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