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April 28, 2007

Jarrett pick OK, but Panthers need safety

   Can't question the Dwayne Jarrett pick at all (unless you want to get into a discussion about Keary Colbert, the last receiver the Panthers drafted from USC). But I do have one question: Where or when are the Panthers going to get a starting safety, or two?

   They quickly are running out of time. Unless they use their next second-round pick on a safety, they could be in a very tough spot. You usually don't get instant starters much beyond the second or third round, and the Panthers need at least one instant starter at safety.

   All they have there right now is Mike Minter and there's a school of thought that the Panthers don't want him starting in his final season. But they might not have much choice. They might have to start Minter next to a rookie or a free agent that they pick up after the draft. And the free-agent pool of safeties isn't too spectacular right now.

Posted by Observer Sports on April 28, 2007 at 07:45 PM | Permalink


Getting Jarrett was much more than "OK". He's got all the tools to be a great NFL Wr. Yes safety is a concern, but you cant take a 2nd tier safety over a top notch WR.

Posted by: MM | Apr 28, 2007 7:48:30 PM

Right on MM. Dwayne Jarrett's 40 time is basically the only thing that dropped his value. Ironically, he ran around the same time in the 40 as a guy named Jerry Rice did. Too much stock is put into that time as if that takes precedence over intelligence, athletic ability, and position skill of which he has all three.

A safety can be picked up in the 2nd round. Sure, Pat, ideally you would want that addressed sooner but if you look back to last year we selected a CB in the 2nd round who quickly emerged as arguably the best DB on the roster last year.

I think the time to panic over a safety is not quite here yet. If it's not addressed in the 2nd or 3rd round then, yes, but right now with another 2nd rnd pick left....NO.

Posted by: Matt A | Apr 28, 2007 7:52:32 PM

One more point....as far as the free agent pool for safeties. It might not look spectacular now, but there is still another wave of cuts to come so another Marlon McCree could be included in all of that. Aside from Shaun Williams, the Panthers have done relatively well at picking out safeties and I trust Tim Lewis will provide great input.

Posted by: Matt A | Apr 28, 2007 7:55:20 PM

Josh Gattis is still a good choice at safety, but it's too early for that yet. I'm still hoping for Ben Patrick at TE also.

Posted by: GG | Apr 28, 2007 7:56:47 PM

All great points!!! At this point, with the talent at safety declining trememdously, you go with best player available among the needs you need filled.

Posted by: MM | Apr 28, 2007 7:58:40 PM

AMEN...the Jarret Pick will be a great one, and any of Gattis, Sabby Piscatelli, and Aaron Rouse would probably start for us next year.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 28, 2007 8:02:43 PM

I forgot about Rouse - yeah, that would be a good pick.

Posted by: GG | Apr 28, 2007 8:06:59 PM

Chris Henry was looked at hard by the Panthers' offensive staff, so that's another option gone.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 28, 2007 8:08:01 PM

Sabby Piscatelli is going to be our next pick. i will buy a customized jersey right now. he will start for us and be the best safety in panther history. Sabby. GO PANTHERS!! GREAT DRAFT!

Posted by: dustin | Apr 28, 2007 9:19:57 PM

Gattis is a great kid and will be able to play the pass well, but lacks the size for an NFL safety and would struggle with run-stopping.

Posted by: WakeFan | Apr 28, 2007 10:04:38 PM

John Wendling S, Wyoming

enough said... the kid has great sleeper potential!

Posted by: Will Mason | Apr 28, 2007 10:09:05 PM

goodbye Keary Colbert

Posted by: blackcrowe | Apr 29, 2007 9:17:21 AM

Why didn't the Panthers get a Safety? It goes something like this: LB Patrick Willis, S Laron Landry and DE Jamaal Anderson were all gone before the 14th pick. So CAR did the right thing - they traded down for more picks rather than taking a need that didn't match the value of a 14 pick. i.e. they saved $$$ (and potentially Kris Jenkins) They had to be pretty sure that S Reggie Nelson wouldn't be there at 25 but probably expected S Michael Griffin to be there...and certainly expected S Brandon Merriweather to be there. When the four top safeties were taken before the 25 pick, they were forced to take the best available talent - which was LB Jon Beason. They may have been looking at S Eric Weddle with their 45 pick but San Diego suprised everyone by trading up and giving up the farm to get Weddle early in the 2nd round. Given that the top-tier safties were completely off the board, and that WRs Rice (taken 1 before Jarrett) and Jarrett were staring them face, they had to take Jarrett. With pick 59, they got a steal in C Ryan Calil. Good character, good skill w/ potential to play at G as well. By the time their 83 pick came around, three mid-tier safties (Alexander, Piscitelli and Rouse) were taken so they again took best available need and went DE with Charles Johnson. All in all, I think we did well on day 1 given the circumstances. Grade B+

Posted by: Jason H | Apr 29, 2007 9:50:31 AM

dwayne jarrett = plaxico burress with a better attitude and work ethic

Posted by: john | Apr 29, 2007 11:01:03 AM

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