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April 20, 2009

Success at No. 59

The Panthers' first choice in Saturday's NFL draft won't come until late in the second round, when they will take a player with the 59th overall pick.

That's not necessarily a bad situation to be in -- especially when you look at what the team did in 2007, when they also had No. 59. They drafted center Ryan Kalil from Southern California.

That turned out to be an excellent choice. Kalil has developed into one of the league's top young linemen. He started 12 games last season (missing some time with an ankle injury) and looks to be one of the O-line's anchors for years to come.

The Panthers also had a first-round pick in '07 (taking linebacker Jon Beason) and had an earlier second-round choice (receiver Dwayne Jarrett). But Kalil proved there's still plenty of value to be had at No. 59. We'll see if it's there again this year. -- David Scott

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Posted by Observer Sports on April 20, 2009 at 09:39 AM | Permalink

Comments

Hopefully a top CB is there, maybe Sean Smith, D.J. Moore, or possibly Jarius Byrd. Next look would be to Jarron Gilbert to provide depth at both DE and DT.
If none of the above are available, then you could look at Paul Kruger/Lawrence Sidbury at DE or Brian Robinskie at WR.

Posted by: GooseCreek | Apr 20, 2009 11:19:26 AM

God, I hope we don't pick a wideout who would be no better than #3 as our first pick.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 20, 2009 12:40:20 PM

Dwayne Jarrett isn't a bad choice Procton. The reason for his lack of production is that Jake hasn't thrown the ball to him that much. He made some critical 3rd down catches last year, and that's always an encouraging sign to see in a receiver. I don't think we'll truly see how good he is until Moose retires, whenever that may be.

I still maintain that we should pick a DT no matter what happens. We have to give our defensive line some help, plain and simple. We can draft O-Line depth later, but we need to give the D-Line the help it needs in order to give our elite backfield a chance to take the game over.

Posted by: Revshawn | Apr 20, 2009 12:46:02 PM

I still think we will pick best available, whether its at CB, DT, DE, Oline, or KOR/PR. Gregory and Marty have their draft board and whoever is valued higher when No. 59 comes around, that's who we are going to take. Of course anything can happen with trades, but when it comes down to making the pick, for the past two years the Panthers have drafted best available (with success IMO) and that won't change in 2009.

Posted by: Zach | Apr 20, 2009 1:38:05 PM

I understand that, Rev, but if he does turn out to be a capable #3 himself, then have we used one of our few impact picks of this year on a guy who's #4?

Posted by: MAProcton | Apr 20, 2009 9:33:04 PM

Hurney and Fox will do just that ZACH. Go Panthers!

Posted by: Panther Fan D | Apr 22, 2009 4:55:45 AM

you are correct mr revshawn. our biggest need is a def tackle that can collapse the pocket and keep the q.b from stepping up.i watch the games on tape and time and time again we had no inside pass rush.we can get backup off linemen and a nickel back thru roster cuts after the draft.if peppers had a def tackle to keep these q.b s honest he would have 20 sacks.

Posted by: ray | Apr 22, 2009 3:32:23 PM

you are correct mr revshawn. our biggest need is a def tackle that can collapse the pocket and keep the q.b from stepping up.i watch the games on tape and time and time again we had no inside pass rush.we can get backup off linemen and a nickel back thru roster cuts after the draft.if peppers had a def tackle to keep these q.b s honest he would have 20 sacks.

Posted by: ray | Apr 22, 2009 3:32:29 PM

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