Panthers Select DE Kony Ealy In 2nd Round of NFL Draft

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

With quality offensive tackles and wide receivers on the board the Panthers instead selected DE Kony Ealy from Missouri.

Dave Gettleman said he would not pass up a 'blue goose' DE or DT and he was true to his word. So what does this say about the future of DE Greg Hardy? I'm not sure but here are some thoughts. It might be insurance in case they cannot re-sign Hardy. It could just simply be sticking to your board and taking the best player. Maybe the Frank Alexander suspension had a little to do with it.

In the end the Panthers got one of the premier 4-3 DEs in the draft. It's a bit of shock given we really need an offensive tackle but I think once it sinks in we will love this pick.

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