January 17, 2006
Press conferences scheduled for Friday
The Panthers and Seahawks have to be represented by their head coaches and selected players at NFC Championship game press conferences Friday. Carolina coach John Fox, quarterback Jake Delhomme, receiver Steve Smith, defensive end Mike Rucker and safety Mike Minter will take part in a press conference at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium. It will be broadcast live on the NFL Network. It will not be open to the public.
The Seahawks will hold theirs in a Seattle hotel at 5:30 p.m. (Eastern). Coach Mike Holmgren, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, running back Shaun Alexander, linebacker Lofa Tatupu and defensive end Grant Wistrom will participate. Seattle’s press conference also will be carried live on the NFL Network, and is not open to the public.
DRAFT GLIMPSE: With the Panthers deep in the playoffs, not too many people are thinking ahead to the college draft in April. But people outside the Carolinas already are. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. recently issued his first mock draft and he has the Panthers taking Notre Dame tight end Anthony Fasano.
Here's Mel's mock:
1. Houston -- *Reggie Bush, RB, USC
2. New Orleans -- Matt Leinart, QB, USC
3. Tennessee -- *Vince Young, QB, Texas
4. New York Jets -- D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia
5. Green Bay -- *Mario Williams, DE, NC State
6. Oakland -- A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State
7. San Francisco -- DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama
8. Buffalo -- *Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon
9. Detroit -- Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt
10. Arizona -- DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis
11. St. Louis -- *Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland
12. Cleveland -- Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa
13. Baltimore -- Tamba Hali, DE, Penn State
14. Philadelphia -- *Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State
15. Atlanta -- Michael Huff, DB, Texas
16. Miami -- *Winston Justice, OT, USC
17. Minnesota -- *LenDale White, RB, USC
18. Dallas -- Jimmy Williams, DB, Virginia Tech
19. San Diego -- *Ko Simpson, DB, South Carolina
20. Kansas City -- *Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio State
21. New England -- Bobby Carpenter, LB, Ohio State
22. Denver (from Wash.) -- Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College
23. Tampa Bay -- Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State
24. Cincinnati -- Claude Wroten, DT, LSU
25. New York Giants -- *Ernie Sims, LB, Florida State
26. Chicago -- *Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia
27. Carolina -- *Anthony Fasano, TE, Notre Dame
28. Pittsburgh -- *Antonio Cromartie, CB, Florida State
29. Jacksonville -- Thomas Howard, LB, UTEP
30. Indianapolis -- *Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota
31. Denver -- *Darnell Bing, DB, USC
32. Seattle -- *Chad Jackson, WR, Florida
Posted by Observer Sports on January 17, 2006 at 07:55 PM | Permalink
I love Melvin, but I don't see the Panthers burning a 1st rounder on a TE, certainly not with someone like Maroney on the board. I think the Cats have already decided that Witherspoon is higher priority than Foster, although they'd like both. If push comes to shove, they'll be looking for a RB WAY ahead of a TE.
Posted by: JAT | Jan 17, 2006 10:59:27 PM
Fasano would be a nice pick, I just don't see him still being on the board when we pick 32nd.
Posted by: Rob | Jan 18, 2006 10:14:42 AM
I completely agree. With Mangum, Gaines & Seidman, why in the world would we waste a first round pick on a TE? That's a clueless pick.
Posted by: Brendan | Jan 20, 2006 9:28:18 AM
I think White from USC might go higher than 17th. Of the backs available, he might be a better NFL runner than even Bush or Williams. He definitely has potential.
Posted by: Kevin | Jan 20, 2006 11:46:21 PM
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