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April 27, 2008

Panthers find last pick at D-II Bentley

The Panthers' final draft pick was just about as obscure as you can get: Offensive guard Mackenzy Bernardeau of Division II Bentley (Mass.). He made history for his school, becoming the first player in Falcons history to be drafted.

Bernardeau (6-4, 298 pounds) was a D-II All-American, despite injuring his knee midway through the season.

-- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on April 27, 2008 at 06:53 PM | Permalink


Guess Fox/Hurney were just ready to go home. Said we see you at mini camp who ever u are.

Posted by: Cameron | Apr 27, 2008 6:54:39 PM

At this point in the draft, if you're taking an OG, why not take one in your own back yard: Kerry Brown from App State?? Ridiculous.

Posted by: JoeJimRayBob | Apr 27, 2008 6:59:48 PM

would of been more impressed with the CB than another guard. But what ever makes the O-Line work harder.

Posted by: Cameron | Apr 27, 2008 7:00:43 PM

Yeah that is a lot of competition there...don't know how much hope Schwartz or Bernardeau can really have for making the team after we signed Keydrick Vincent, Milford Brown and Toniu Fonoti, all of whom are highly experienced NFL guards. I'd say practice squad at best for Schwartz and Bernardeau...

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Apr 27, 2008 7:03:53 PM

They probably realize that too and wille ventually have to get real jobs like the ones they went to college to try to earn...

Posted by: Cameron | Apr 27, 2008 7:05:09 PM

Pro Football Weekly had this guy as the 4th best guard in the draft... but it was a weak draft for guards. Probably practice squad...

Posted by: Ashe | Apr 27, 2008 7:05:14 PM

Why would they not take Kerry Brown G - App State? They already will regret not taking Corey Lynch, just like passing on Dexter Coakley. I will admit Tampa taking Dexter Jackson in the 2nd was a tad early. But you can not tell me this guy is better than Kerry Brown.

Posted by: App State | Apr 27, 2008 7:06:02 PM

They drafted by BPA so I don't know. Hopefully we do good this year...

Posted by: Cameron | Apr 27, 2008 7:07:45 PM

Lots of head scratchers towards the end. They certainly didn't pick need over value this time. It's a shame the draft didn't fall better for us but hopefully we'll find some good free agents to add depth to our DT spot.

Posted by: aceofsween | Apr 27, 2008 7:08:09 PM

Grady Jackson???...

Posted by: Cameron | Apr 27, 2008 7:08:51 PM

a DT will be added from FA probably tommorow or in 2-3 days, just watch.

Posted by: Cameron | Apr 27, 2008 7:09:27 PM

Ok, so just because App St. is in North Carolina, the Panthers should take a player from there, even if he's worse? That's just stupid.

Posted by: App State??? | Apr 27, 2008 7:27:57 PM

They didn't take someone from App. State. They took someone from Bentley (Mass).

Posted by: Cameron | Apr 27, 2008 7:30:55 PM

i think we should have drafted the de from g-tech robertson instead of drafting another offensive line we are over loaded on that position and i also think we should have tryied to trade seward since we got another lb and try to trade jarret and get sweed

Posted by: stan | Apr 27, 2008 7:45:35 PM

who would take jarret from us, if they did they would look like morons to their fans. We did try and trade Seward, they didn't bite. You should be an agent.

Posted by: rick | Apr 27, 2008 7:50:03 PM

I wasn't asking why they did draft an App St. player, I was responding to "App State's" post.

Posted by: Duh Cameron | Apr 27, 2008 7:56:32 PM

You guys kill me.

Posted by: Chris | Apr 27, 2008 8:00:45 PM

Good first 4 picks in the draft, after that it was pretty much a waste.

Posted by: Kenny | Apr 27, 2008 8:11:59 PM

We want Grady Jackson DT!!!

Posted by: paul | Apr 27, 2008 8:43:43 PM

Paul, wouldn't we rather get a player without chronic knee issues who isn't 35+? Ethan Kelly and Larry Tripplett would seem to be better options to me.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 27, 2008 8:52:19 PM

6/196 Mackenzy Bernardeau G Bentley (6041, 306, 5.25pd) Small-school star could be an All-Pro with coaching; incredible potential if he works at it
comments from Coltsplay.com from their mock draft, just found it interesting. Had him in the 6th round. So apparently he's a steal at the bottom. lol

Posted by: rick | Apr 27, 2008 8:52:51 PM

NFL.com says about Bernardeau:
"Compares To: BRIAN WATERS-Kansas City...Like Waters, a team will need to patiently develop Bernadeau, who is coming from a small college program and has never faced top-level competition. As a tackle, he would have big problems even getting into a training camp, mostly due to marginal strength and a lack of aggression in his pass set. He needs to start taking on a mauler's mentality, but he at least showed better aggression as a trap blocking guard than he did as a finesse-type tackle. Late in the draft, a team can find a very capable player who just needs someone to teach him the proper way to play the game."

Waters went from undrafted to All-Pro...I, for one, don't mind that comparison.

Also interesting: "All 32 teams have been in to see him, some three or four times."

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 27, 2008 8:57:46 PM

This guy has a great heart and is an extremely hard worker...he's going to surprise some people at mini-camp.

Posted by: Scott Hash | Apr 27, 2008 9:47:32 PM

It looks like to me, Carolina is going to a 3-4 defence and if they do, does Trgovac have that kind of experience ????

Posted by: Rod Carson | Apr 27, 2008 11:02:44 PM

No...Trgovac and Fox are purely 4-3 guys. They might go to a 3-4 look on occasion, but it won't become the base defense under any set of circumstances. And frankly, that wouldn't help out our personnel issues. Pep would have to move to OLB, and our DEs would have to be D. Lewis and a 6th-rounder.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 27, 2008 11:17:01 PM

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