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March 02, 2009

Panthers hitting road for pro days

March has arrived and that means it’s a heavy travel time for Panthers officials, coaches and scouts as they head out to monitor pro day workouts for draft prospects.


Among the colleges with workouts this week: Baylor, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Missouri, Troy and Vanderbilt.


Keying in on players Carolina may draft will be more difficult for outsiders this year because the Panthers don’t pick until late in the second round. They traded their ’09 first-round pick, which turned out to be the 28th overall selection, to Philadelphia as part of a package to select right tackle Jeff Otah with the No. 19 pick last year.


It was considered a risky move at the time, but now is being lauded throughout the league.


-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on March 2, 2009 at 03:15 PM | Permalink


Had we not selected Otah last year in the draft, we would again be looking for an o-lineman. Even though it stings not having a first round pick, there is no one of the calibur of Otah that we could have selected at 28th. I think we all need to keep that in mind.

Posted by: JD | Mar 2, 2009 3:59:28 PM

The Otah move was really smart. We got a great blocker in that guy.

Posted by: Nick | Mar 2, 2009 4:00:36 PM

The Otah move was really smart. We got a great blocker in that guy.

Posted by: Nick | Mar 2, 2009 4:00:36 PM

it was a great move by hurney that solidified the entire off line and saved foxes job.

Posted by: ray | Mar 2, 2009 4:28:11 PM

I Hope That The Panthers Go After Pas Defense . The Corners Were Beat Several Times Last Season . Good Luck

Posted by: Jayball233 | Mar 2, 2009 4:56:59 PM

Hurney is showing himself to be a very capable GM. His 1st round picks since 2002 - Stewart, Otah, Beason, Williams, Davis, Gamble, Gross, Peppers - are all on the team and are all starters (except Stewart who could be). His 2nd and 3rd round picks have been less consistent (Colbert, Shelton, etc).

Posted by: Jim | Mar 2, 2009 5:34:49 PM

peppers want a 3-4 send him to denver we can send him and jake and get cutler now that he wants to be traded.

Posted by: jay | Mar 2, 2009 5:38:17 PM

get jason taylor!

Posted by: paulmack45@YAHOO.COM | Mar 2, 2009 6:06:00 PM

i agree cutler would be the savior in the carolina's! 17 and 90 no more!

Posted by: The PantherMandooza | Mar 2, 2009 6:14:03 PM

I like Cutler also. I think he would be a good fit here. I wish we would at least look at some free agents.
I think we need to go after pass rushers and corners in this draft.

Posted by: Tom | Mar 2, 2009 7:03:15 PM

If Cutler is available trade Peppers for him plus a draft pick. Jake's judgment is not what is needed in a playoff team in any league. Secondary help also needed as well as beefing up the defensive line.

Posted by: Wayne | Mar 2, 2009 7:09:10 PM

Cutler for Peppers would definitely be a good move for both teams involved. It would give much needed defensive help to the Broncos while shoring up the Panthers QB situation.

Posted by: GamecockFan | Mar 2, 2009 7:10:02 PM

What! Hurnia has not shipped Peppers and jake yet...we would be set with Cutler at QB. get it done yesterday!

Posted by: hellfish | Mar 2, 2009 7:32:12 PM

that would be stupid to tarde peppers and jake for cutler. jake came back from srgery and had a great year he need to focus on pass accuracy this training camp and he'll be fine. now peppers need to stay in car. let ron meeks figure out the best way to free up peppers

Posted by: charles | Mar 2, 2009 7:46:15 PM

I don't think Cutler is the ideal fit with the offense Carolina runs. I would really be pleased if Peppers was moved for a first and an additional pick (according to how high the first pick is). If you want a QB, go get a game manager for our running game like Josh Freeman (Kansas State). There will be GOOD DT/DE's in the second and third rounds.

Posted by: GooseCreek | Mar 2, 2009 8:01:05 PM

Jake's coming back so forget Cutler. Fox will start the season with Jake but look for Moore/McCown (whomever wins training camp battle) to get a shot if he starts collapsing mid-season. Trade Lucas for Torry Holt. Peppers for as many high picks as you can, preferably to the AFC. His trade value will never be higher and its better for the team longterm. Sign Jovan Haye and draft all the DTs and DEs you can and hope that two stick. Dominant Dline gets us to the big game! Go Panthers!

Posted by: gradyhog | Mar 2, 2009 9:57:18 PM

You guys are idiots.. I guarantee next season when Jake is performing and winning games; the same people who want his head will be chanting MVP on this blog.

Posted by: Leonard | Mar 2, 2009 10:41:04 PM

I love these pollyannas saying what a great job Hurney and Fox have done not 2 weeks removed from one of the biggest debacles this team has ever faced, created by these two numb nuts. These two painted the Panthers into a corner with the Peppers & Gross contracts and anyone who doesn't realize it needs to step back and re-think their position. Many in the league saw this coming but not the Panthers. Pathetic.
We end up over-paying Peppers by about 9mm for 1 yr and Gross by 3mm per yr. You guys think that was good news? Have you noticed all the depth leaving the team? There's no money left for them!

Posted by: PanamaRed | Mar 2, 2009 10:52:31 PM

Peppers AND a draft pick for Cutler? How about, NO.

Posted by: Stinker | Mar 2, 2009 11:52:47 PM

And I ain't talkin' the Saints, I mean NEGATORY, Mister.

Posted by: Stinker | Mar 2, 2009 11:53:41 PM

Peppers AND a draft pick for Cutler? Uh, that would be "NO".

Posted by: Stinker | Mar 2, 2009 11:55:06 PM

Please, JD...Eben Britton is just the same kind of all-run block, no pass pro RT prospect Otah is. William Beatty and Jamon Meredith are also late-first/early-second prospects who could step into the starting lineup as rookies and actually ahve the potential to move to the left side down the road, unlike Otah, the savior.

grady, Haye already signed with the Titans, but don't let that stop your pipe dream of installing a ZERO SACK DL as an "impact" FA signing.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 3, 2009 1:39:20 AM

Procton wets his pants

Posted by: Coach4040 | Mar 3, 2009 6:52:58 AM

Procton wets his pants

Posted by: Coach4040 | Mar 3, 2009 6:52:59 AM

I think Otah has a lot to learn in pass protection, but I don't see him as inept either. Do the sacks allowed bear that out?

And the Jake bashers should resign themselves to 17 as our starter next year. I agree we should start looking to the future at the QB position but we have to be smart about it. If Marty had a mid to late round prospect he likes, and we've addressed D, then they should pull that trigger.

Posted by: rayray | Mar 3, 2009 9:13:38 AM

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