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April 28, 2007

Probably no safety in 1st round

You can probably scratch safety off the first-round plans for the Panthers, now that Miami's Brandon Meriweather is gone to New England. Look for Carolina to go for a tight end, defensive end or wide receiver.

Posted by Observer Sports on April 28, 2007 at 04:53 PM | Permalink

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Beason is a solid pick...experience at all 3 LB positions, good character...knows how to play the game.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 28, 2007 4:58:44 PM

Yeah, i'm loving that pick right there, he will definately see ALOT of playing time. Now that that position is settled, whats next? I havent heard anything about the other safeties available, but I know there are a few good DE's and Receivers.

Posted by: MM | Apr 28, 2007 5:04:32 PM

Interesting sportsline profile: http://sportsline.com/nfl/story/10133492

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 28, 2007 5:04:44 PM

WTF?!?! Hurney needs to get canned now! retarded pick, they are clueless when it comes to the draft!!

Posted by: Panthers front office retarded | Apr 28, 2007 5:04:45 PM

Very good pick for the panthers!! jon beason looks like a very hard hitting linebacker if we can get greg olsen in the 2nd round it would be great !!

Posted by: Crazy D | Apr 28, 2007 5:05:37 PM

Olsen won't fall another 20 spots...Miller is much more likely at 45.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 28, 2007 5:09:33 PM

Beason is a slow under-performer on an under-performing team. A similar LB or even Beason himself would have been available in the 2nd. A waste of a first-rounder. Why do the Panthers even bother anymore?

We can get serviceable LBs, but we will have NOTHING at safety or receiver next year, or this year if Minter or Keyshawn go down.

No free agency, then a muddled draft. Brilliant.

Posted by: Pete | Apr 28, 2007 5:12:06 PM

Terrible choice. This probably gives Olsen to the Saints which we won't be able to cover, and adds more talent to the NFL's #1 offense. We were 24th in the league on offense and last in the league on 3rd down conversions, yet we pass on the best TE twice. I am a hugh Panther fan, but Fox and Hurney just showed that they are lost in the draft--They both need to be fired.

Posted by: jim | Apr 28, 2007 5:12:54 PM

Many projections had Beason going at 14 or 15, and few had him below 32. This strikes me as being a good value pick, not a "waste of a first rounder". I love that the draft is "muddled" already after one of eight choices, including three more in the top 100. Olsen is NOT the answer for our offense. A healthy O-line and a dependable running game are, and I somehow don't see him being able to contribute to either of those.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 28, 2007 5:16:22 PM

yeah, you're right. they should fire the coach that turned around the franchise, took them to a superbowl and an nfc championship. good idea.

/sarcasm

Posted by: josh | Apr 28, 2007 5:17:48 PM

YAAAWN! How can you pass on a talent like Olsen. There isn't another TE like him in the entire draft. He is a pure, all around athlete and runs a 4.3,4.4 in the 40. What a waist of a pick. Saints will take him and we will have to cover him twice a year for next several years. They need to make up for this in the 2nd round with 2 picks.

Posted by: Tony | Apr 28, 2007 5:18:57 PM

He is also a non-existent blocker who never produced despite worlds of opportunity at Miami. Additionally, he had to transfer from Notre Dame because he couldn't beat out Anthony Fasano, who really tore it up for the Cowboys last year.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 28, 2007 5:22:12 PM

Fox's offense doesn't utilize the TE. Olsen would be a waste in this offense.

Posted by: DBM LA | Apr 28, 2007 5:27:42 PM

Past performance may not guarantee future results, but if you don't see the signs of another underwhelming draft already, then you are probably a very new Panthers fan.

Posted by: Pete | Apr 28, 2007 5:42:27 PM

Pete:

You're a hater. Why don't you wait until we actually draft more than one player before you label it an "underwhelming draft"...

Posted by: drew | Apr 28, 2007 5:46:14 PM

So you're saying anybody we would have pick would have underwhelmed, then? I guess we should have just forfeited all our picks...maybe we'd get some cap relief that way or something. Dumbass.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 28, 2007 5:50:16 PM

I have mixed feelings about the pick. On the one hand, Beason is a solid linebacker who will boost that corps and possibly fill in if Dan Morgan gets hurt again. This team did need some talent at linebacker, and Beason will provide that.

I also like the fact that they traded down and got an extra 2nd-round pick. I think that can only be a good thing.

But what are they going to do at safety? That was their biggest need, and they couldn't fill it with one of those three guys behind LaRon Landry. Are they going to find starters before this day is over? Are they moving Thomas Davis back to safety? Are they bringing back Shaun Williams or Colin Branch, both of whom are still unsigned?

There are far worse picks in this draft than Beason (*cough*Ginn*cough*), but there are lots of questions left to be answered here, and it's a long draft...

Posted by: Dave @ Panthers FanHouse | Apr 28, 2007 6:08:32 PM

How can you ignore your two biggest needs(safety and tight end) with such solid players with huge upsides(Merrifield/Nelson and Olsen) and go straight to your(arguably) third biggest need? Passing up on Olsen twice is pathetic. Steve Smith and Keyshawn will continue to be quadruple teamed again next year, and we eill have a pathetic offense once again. I know it's early, but it's looking like another worthless draft once again.

Posted by: Keith | Apr 28, 2007 6:09:40 PM

You people kill me. You obviously know nothing about football. If you actually did your homework you would know that Beason is not only a solid LB but he is also a good special teams player. Last time I checked we had one of the worst special teams this team has seen in years. Olsen can't block so you complain about Jake but now your saying you won't him to throw the ball 50 times now. Get a clue before you start posting such idiotic comments.

Posted by: Knice | Apr 28, 2007 6:19:46 PM

Really like the Beason pick. S/TE are big needs but low priority positions (arguably the least important ones on each side of the ball). Second round is a better place to address needs at those positions, and with two second rounders we should be able to address at least one. LB is a high priority position that is still a position of need for us and a better value for a first round pick.

Beason is a good fit for us - WLB with range who can slide to Mike if necessary (which it surely will be at some point this year). He seems a lot like Spoon, who had a lot of success in our system. I'm not too worried about the measurables.

Everyone tearing their hair out over Olsen needs to face the reality that this team is not going to draft a TE who can't block with such a high draft pick. It's just never going to happen.

Posted by: W. Wotton | Apr 28, 2007 6:22:10 PM

Everyone of the "draft experts" is very high on Beason, if not for some injuries he'd be right up there with Willis and we dont have the best of LB core so he will be a great addition. And you are assuming the TE is a primary need. Listen, I'd like to have Greg Olson too, but Fox would prefer a TE who is a proven blocker. Plus, if he isnt going to be used in the offense, then it would just be a waste. I think they will look at the TE from Delaware, but remember, they did talk with Doug Jolley and I dont think he's been signed by anyone. Hopefully in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, they can pick up a DE and Safety and a receiver. This is most likely the final seasons for Key and Carter and even Colbert. But I dont think defenses will be able to focus on Key and Smith like last year now that Pa Pa Henning is out of town. Jeff Davidson already said that Steve isn't going to be the first option as much.

Posted by: MM | Apr 28, 2007 6:29:06 PM

Reasons why Beason is a good pick:

He will step in and most likely start at WLB from Day 1. When Morgan gets hurt, he will play in the middle, which according to many is a more natural position for him because of his size and style of play.

The dropoff in talent at LB is much greater after Beason than it is at S after Meriweather. We can still get a good player like Weddle in the 2nd round. I agree S is a big need, but it can still be filled with one of, maybe both of our 2nd rounders.

Considering we got Beason and picked up that 2nd rounder, I'd say the pick was a success.

For those that wanted a TE:

How does Olsen help our offense? What we needed last year was a consistent running game. We didn't have one because our Oline was injured all over. Adding an overrated player who is only considered good because of a 40 time at a position that we don't utilize in the passing game isn't going to help that.

Posted by: Will | Apr 28, 2007 6:35:01 PM

Kince, I get the feeling you're a big fan of the draw play. Sometimes you have to CHANGE in order to have success, something th Panthers offense hasn't done in 4 years. Olsen could have been a change-up. Also, how many highly coveted first round picks play special teams? Besides, our biggest need on ST is return man.

Posted by: Keith | Apr 28, 2007 6:36:08 PM

You know how Cleveland offered Dallas next years first round pick, well it turns out that they offered the Panthers a similar package, but they decided the Jets offer was the best. Fox turned it down b/c he wanted to stay in rounds 1 and 2. I think its the Fox-like thing to do, but it may backfire if Cleveland sucks next year. But all in all, I'm happy with the trade they made with the Jets

Posted by: MM | Apr 28, 2007 6:49:12 PM

How many coveted first round picks play special teams? How about DeAngelo Williams, Thomas Davis, and Chris Gamble?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 28, 2007 6:55:59 PM

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