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March 18, 2008

Search for OT makes stop in Boston

   The Carolina Panthers' inspection of potential offensive tackle prospects continues today at Boston College.

0318cherilus    We've learned that GM Marty Hurney, director of college scouting Don Gregory and offensive line coach Dave Magazu are scheduled to attend the pro day workout this afternoon at BC, where offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus is regarded as a potential first-round pick.

   Cherilus (left, 6-7, 314 pounds) played left tackle last season after playing the previous three years on the right side. Cherilus, 22 and born in Haiti, is generally considered a better NFL prospect at right tackle.

   The Panthers are believed to be strongly considering using their first-round pick (13th overall) on a tackle. The other top prospects are Michigan's Jake Long, Boise State's Ryan Clady, Vanderbilt's Chris Williams and Pittsburgh's Jeff Otah.

   Hurney and coach John Fox attended Clady's workout at Boise State earlier this month and had lunch with him.

   It might be a reach to pick Cherilus as high as 13th, but he'd be a bargain late in the first round or by the time the Panthers pick in the second round (43rd).

   One potential scenerio: If the Panthers choose a running back (such as Rashard Mendenhall or Jonathan Stewart) or a defensive end ( like Derrrick Harvey) in the first round, they could target a tackle like Cherilus next and possibly trade up to do so.

0319mattryan    The featured attraction at Boston College today is QB Matt Ryan, who will be working out for scouts for the first time after skipping the Senior Bowl and workouts at the league combine.

   It's a huge day for him. Ryan is a potential No. 1 overall pick and almost certainly won't last until No. 13.

   Most likely, the Panthers can't afford to use their first-rounder on a quarterback because of more pressing needs at other positions (OT, DE, RB, DT), plus the fact that Hurney and Fox probably need a winning season to remain in their jobs. Hence, the need for a position player ready to help immediately.


-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on March 18, 2008 at 12:50 PM | Permalink


Please do not take a running back in the first round!!!

Posted by: LeeL | Mar 18, 2008 1:52:33 PM

I like where we are sitting right now in the draft. There are several scenerios that could work out well for us.

We are flexible enough to trade up, down, or stay where we are in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

AT 13th pick - trade up:
-if this happens, it will will most certainly be for Clady

AT 13th pick - stay:
-OT - best available on board
-DT - Ellis
-DE - Harvey, Merling, is any other worth it?
-RB - Mendenhall/Stewart

Based on what is taken, we can trade up from 43rd to get a "need".

I think we should sign 1 FA DT to help w/depth, then look at the draft to fill out the position.

Posted by: Will Parker | Mar 18, 2008 1:54:18 PM

No one has mentioned this, but I like trading down to the 19th-21st pick and selecting Dominique Rogers-Cromartie to play FS. In trading down, you pick up an extra 2nd rd pick in which I would use one on a OT and the other addressing the defensive line. Cromartie is gonna be a star and I really like what I saw from him in the senior bowl where he earned MVP while playing the FS position the majority of the game.

Posted by: Brandon | Mar 18, 2008 2:06:17 PM

Can you post a list of Panthers that took part in the "voluntary" practices?
Thanks for the blog,

Posted by: Roger L. King | Mar 18, 2008 2:16:01 PM

If it takes moving up a few spots to secure Clady, then so be it. Long will be off the board too early to make it wise to move up that high, so Clady will have to suffice. That said, the LT spot in Carolina has NEVER been filled by a Pro Bowl-caliber player, and Clady would change that by year two.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Mar 18, 2008 2:21:00 PM

Not a bad idea brandon the only thing is if Dominique Rogers-Cromartie will last that long in some people mock draft they have him gone before the 13th pick. I will love if we can trade down and steal get a player at a needed spot ,because their are rumors that believe that Stewart will fall to the 2 round and if we have two 2 round draft picks we might be able to get him and another star.

Posted by: Telling It Like It Is | Mar 18, 2008 2:22:53 PM

I like the idea of them taking a DE at #13 as long as Long & Clady are off the board. If they are planning on playing Gross at LT regardless of who they draft then taking a DE at #13 is a solid move. They probably could trade back into the late first round and grab Cherilus or Albert to play RT. At least they are checking them all out & leaving their options open.

Posted by: Eric | Mar 18, 2008 2:23:08 PM

Even though Stewart's toe injury is a concern, he's still looking at being back for the beginning of the season. He won't drop out of the first round.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 18, 2008 2:35:29 PM

Brandon ... Regarding your request that we post a list of everyone involved in the voluntary practices ... They're not practices, they're conditioning workouts ... That info isn't available, but sometimes we report about people who aren't there, such as yesterday when we mentioned Peppers was working out in Arizona ... As we hear things newsworthy, we'll pass them along. ... Thanks, Charles

Posted by: Charles Chandler | Mar 18, 2008 3:11:53 PM

Trading down for more picks in the second and third rounds scares me, based on everything we know about the way our front office drafts in those rounds.

Posted by: Stan's Mom | Mar 18, 2008 3:50:49 PM

It's still March and already the Observer is saying that Fox and Hurney need to have a winning season in order to keep their jobs. The same thing was said last year and it was obviously wrong. Football and the future are unpredictable. Their are an infinite number of scenarios with the panthers having a losing season and yet it not costing them their jobs. Until the Observer hears Jerry Richardson give that ultimatum could we please have a moratorium on speculation on their job security?

Posted by: CW | Mar 18, 2008 3:53:59 PM

@ Eric

I don't think no DE is worth the 13 pick after Long which he will be long gone.We got to get Clady thats a no brainer move.


I think Stewart going to drop out of the first round into the 2nd because if you remember the knock on him was he is Injury prone.

Posted by: Damon | Mar 18, 2008 4:02:21 PM

I just want them to draft a LT with the first round pick. That would mean that we would be set at LT, so Gross could move back to his preferred position, RT. Hopefully, with Gross knowing that he could then be a RT on a good team, he would work out a longterm deal. Essentially, if we draft a great LT we will get him and assure that we can keep Gross! That way we would get two great tackles with one pick!

Posted by: Matt West | Mar 18, 2008 4:44:54 PM

Hey Guys remember me? I left the Charlotte Observer as teh Carolina Panthers beat writer, and left for a job at ESPN. Well, I just wanted to say hi and go Buccaneers!

Posted by: Pat Yasinskas | Mar 18, 2008 5:07:23 PM

Wait till the 3rd round pick up Allen Patrick for the RB. Big back averaged better stats tha Adrian Peterson while at Oklahoma.

Posted by: That Boy from Oklahoma | Mar 18, 2008 5:17:12 PM

I prefer this scenerio, McFadden is still around at 13 and the cowboys give us both their 1st rounders for him. Then we take Stewart and perhaps Cherlius late in the first.

Posted by: jbw | Mar 18, 2008 5:38:44 PM

I like Patrick but sometimes he did't show up in big games..now I think Murray will be a starin the upcoming years mark my words.

Posted by: OklahomaFan | Mar 18, 2008 6:07:00 PM

Dantrell Savage is another Oklahoma (st.) back that has potential to be in the 3rd 4th round area. He did show up in big games. The Defense never did lol.

Posted by: That Boy from Oklahoma | Mar 18, 2008 6:11:39 PM

@ Pat

How can we ever forget you Pat...I hope everything is going well & tell your Bucs don't worry about the NFC-South this year because we are taking it back.

@Matt West

The Panthers have a huge issue right now because the money J.Gross want is to much for a RT.I think the Panthers are going to move him to LT & see how he works out there if they don't feel he is worth the money i wouldn't be surprised to see the Panthers let him walk next year into FA without a tag.

Posted by: Damon | Mar 18, 2008 7:07:57 PM

A left tackle is our top priority. Jordan Gross is a mauler/run blocker - not a premier pass blocker. Jake needs his blind side protected. A free safety is our second priority and depth at d-line and adding another bruising running back is third. Hurney - i know, i am on point.

Posted by: james | Mar 18, 2008 7:26:16 PM

What is with all the talk of drafting a running back in the early rounds?
Nick Goings is versatile, and we just signed Toefield, the two of them can handle the 2nd spot for this year. Runningback should be taken somewhere in the middle rounds.

We need a LT, and a RE bad..FS is another need, but with Colclough added, we could just move Lucas to that spot and let Gamble and Marshall handle the starting spots..I mean we have three starting level corners, shouldn't they be trying to get them all on the field?

Posted by: Kaos | Mar 19, 2008 11:10:17 AM

Nick Goings is a backup. Toefield has gotten about 30 carries a year since he was in the league. Williams is a small back who can't handle the pounding of being an every-down starter OR running between the tackles. An RB who slips couldn't be anything but a good move.
And Ricardo Colclough as a nickel to move one of our corners would be a disastrous move. Colclough hasn't seen the field on defense in two years for a reason.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 19, 2008 1:17:54 PM

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