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March 31, 2011

Mock draft v.4.0; Mockin' in the free world

    We could do another straight mock draft, and tell you again how it's looking more and more like Cam Newton for the Carolina Panthers.But where's the fun in that?

    The one option we haven't touched yet is the possibility of trades. The Panthers would likely be up for it, to add draft pick currency to a wallet thinned out by previous trades. The only problem is, the only people who seem inclined toward moving up might be farther down the order than the Panthers want to drop (QB-needy teams such as Washington and Minnesota).

    That doesn't mean they won't listen. So here, for hypothetical discussion-generating purposes (i.e. not based on reporting or rumors or any whispers we may have heard), is Mock Draft v. 4.0:


    1. Washington

    QB Cam Newton, Auburn

    The Redskins have to give up their first and second (10th and 41st) and next year's first to move up, but they're desperate. It's clear they want to add a passer to the rotation now that flavor-of-the-month Donovan McNabb has lost his luster.

    There is no more lustrous player in this draft than Newton.

    2. Denver

    DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama

    Could go a number of ways here, but I just can't help thinking John Fox digs this guy the most.

    3. Buffalo

    LB Von Miller, Texas A&M

    Popular QB destination? Perhaps, but Miller helps them more in 2011 than any passer would.

    4. Cincinnati

    QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri

    They have to have someone to replace Carson Palmer, and Gabbert's the next guy in line.

    5. Arizona

    DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina

    Cards need pass rush and would love to get Miller here, but he's probably not going to get past three.

    6. Cleveland

    WR A.J. Green, Georgia

    Nice target for Colt McCoy if he progresses or Jake Delhomme if he doesn't.

    7. San Francisco

    CB Patrick Peterson, LSU

    At some point, BPA (best player available) overcomes need, and a guy some think is the best player in the draft goes.

    8. Tennessee

    QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

    Convince yourself he's the kind of guy you can count on, and the talent is there.

    9. Dallas    

    OT Tyron Smith, Southern Cal

    Could use a corner here, but the need for blockers dictates a bit of a reach.

    10. Carolina

    WR Julio Jones, Alabama

    If you're not going to take a quarterback, you make the next best move to fix the passing game. Then they can come back at 41 and dip into a deep pool of defensive tackles (maybe a Marvin Austin) and know you've got a little something for next year in your pocket.


-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on March 31, 2011 at 12:29 PM | Permalink

Comments

If you REALLY think the Skins will trade 2 of their 5 measley picks for Newton you are sorely mistaken. We have too many needs.

Posted by: Hail2theSkins | Mar 31, 2011 12:57:03 PM

Thank you so much for posting this. Carolina will do its best to trade down because we have to many holes to fill.

Posted by: TheReal Panther | Mar 31, 2011 1:01:41 PM

Your an idiot Darin Gantt, in every sense of the word.

Posted by: Robbie | Mar 31, 2011 1:02:56 PM

I just don't understand the attraction to Cam Newton. Why do you keep reporting that the likelihood of the Panthers taking Newton is increasing? If the Panthers are serious about taking a QB, then there are 2 better options in the draft. Gabbert or Mallet both have more experience and are more accurate. Gabbert is just as good a runner as Newton and he has a better attitude. I'm not necessarily on board with drafting a QB, but I certainly wouldn't take the one I view as #3 of the bunch.

Posted by: David | Mar 31, 2011 1:04:44 PM

Gabbert isn't worth a first round draft, look at his film. Too many robotic fans are quick to say Gabbert, when many of them didn't give him a thought during the 2010 college season. He imploded during big games and played in a weaker conference than Cam Newton. I say take Newton, infuse some life into the lifelessness offense. I know panther fans are use to anemic quarterback play (Jake Delhomme) and now Clausen. Oh by the way, the panthers draft room will make the choice, NOT FANS!

Posted by: mocea | Mar 31, 2011 1:10:15 PM

To those who think this is completely out of the question....remember who is running the show in Washington. Nothing is "ridiculous" or "impossible" is out of the question when you have a moron like Daniel Snyder at the wheel.

Posted by: AppGrad04 | Mar 31, 2011 1:10:30 PM

If Hurney is smart he will stay put at no#1, look what happen to the other bad deals he's made during draft day. DON'T move, we played bad enough to warrant the first choice and we should be smart enough to take that choice whoever it maybe. Quit being bullied by the rest of the league, this is exactly why we don't have a second round pick this year, Hurney got out smarted by New England...how did that 2nd round pick we made last year work-out for us? And why didn't we have a first round pick last year? My point proven, quit out smarting yourself and stay put.

Posted by: mocea | Mar 31, 2011 1:17:14 PM

Robbie,
Before making comments about someone's intelligence please take some grammar lessons.

Next I would like to thank Darin for looking at the draft in a different way. If the Redskins are really that crazy about Newton then I think it would be great for our organization. Jones would give an immediate boost to the offense and then looking into the second round with another high pick is great. We currently don't have one and this idea really got me thinking about how nice it would be to pull off that kind of trade.

Posted by: seriously | Mar 31, 2011 1:19:15 PM

I love this scenario, and remember money is an issue in the overall plan. I think Dan Snyder could go for this. And if we could get the Skins 1st and 2nd round pick, that would be good....plus next year's 1st round pick? Now that would be an awesome deal, plus the Panthers would have to pay their first round pick millions less than at #1.. but probably it's too good to be true. Unlike many people that post here, I don't pretend to be an expert. IMHO. So just sayin it's pie in the sky.

Posted by: ILikeIt | Mar 31, 2011 1:26:32 PM

Why is if Cam Newton is a possibility at No#1, some are quick to say trade out or take someone else. None of us have the ability to predict the future all we can do is base our predictions based on past performance and if that's the case then there is no Question that Cam Newton is the the No#1 player for the team that had the worst play at quarterback--Carolina Panthers. Mark my words, the panthers need to fill seats and they won't do it with that anemic offense they had last year with all of the quarterbacks they had on the team. Newton will attract other free agents in the future and make Carolina the place to be. What free agent WR wants to play with Jimmy Clausen or Matt Moore? NONE. And forget about Andrew Luck next year, that's definetely not guaranteed. Newton, Patrick Peterson, Von Miller, AJ Green, Julio Jones, Dareus are all viable first pick worthy, but not Gabbert!

Posted by: mocea | Mar 31, 2011 1:29:08 PM

Why is if Cam Newton is a possibility at No#1, some are quick to say trade out or take someone else. None of us have the ability to predict the future all we can do is base our predictions based on past performance and if that's the case then there is no Question that Cam Newton is the the No#1 player for the team that had the worst play at quarterback--Carolina Panthers. Mark my words, the panthers need to fill seats and they won't do it with that anemic offense they had last year with all of the quarterbacks they had on the team. Newton will attract other free agents in the future and make Carolina the place to be. What free agent WR wants to play with Jimmy Clausen or Matt Moore? NONE. And forget about Andrew Luck next year, that's definetely not guaranteed. Newton, Patrick Peterson, Von Miller, AJ Green, Julio Jones, Dareus are all viable first pick worthy, but not Gabbert!

Posted by: mocea | Mar 31, 2011 1:29:08 PM

Whoa! A curveball, I like it. This mock draft looks a lot like mine -- http://bit.ly/NFLMockDraft4 -- minus the trade of course.

Posted by: lech112 | Mar 31, 2011 1:34:20 PM

Robbie, when calling someone an idiot, make sure you spell every word in the sentence properly. Moron.

The Redskins would have to give up their 3rd, in addition, to move from #10 to #1.

Posted by: SkinsFanAgain | Mar 31, 2011 1:35:17 PM

Mocea why would we stay put. There really is not a number one this year and anyone we pick would be "just because we have no choice". Get some more picks and pack the house.

Posted by: TheReal Panther | Mar 31, 2011 1:35:21 PM

29 days before these beat writers quit making money off of Cam Newton. The panthers will draft him No#1 and we can all quit with the rhetoric. Admittedly, it's been fun but when it gets down to business we take Cam and call it a draft day!

Posted by: mocea | Mar 31, 2011 1:35:39 PM

Redskins would have to give up more then 1,2 and 1 next year remember how my Saints moved up a whole draft for Rickey Williams.

Posted by: Artinhouston | Mar 31, 2011 1:37:29 PM

Skinsfanagain, we packed the house last year initially and then reality set in, just as it will this year. Let's face it, when we go to games, whether our team is the underdog or not, we have the reasonable expectation that we can win if our team has talent. Quarterback is the most important position on the field and last year I watched Jimmy Clausen (after driving 2 hours to BOA) play like he had never touched a football before ( I saw why he fell to the mid second round). He threw 5 near interceptions with the worst arm strength I've seen in person. Even Delhomme had a stronger arm. Our defense needs to know we have a chance, our fans needs to know we have a chance, like it or not with Cam Newton we have a chance. Even if he struggles we will all watch for that moment when the kid turns the corner an leads the panthers into the future.

Posted by: mocea | Mar 31, 2011 1:45:24 PM

You're the only one saying that Gannt. Get off of Cam Newton's jock.

Posted by: BEASTHOO | Mar 31, 2011 2:11:09 PM

I like the idea - I have been pushing trading down on this board since the season ended. If we got Jones then I would also trade Steve Smith to NE for both of their second round picks. Then we could get Austin, Ponder and another OL in addition to Jones. That would be a sweet draft. As far as getting a #1 pick for next year in the trade - I doubt that will happen - maybe another second rounder.

Posted by: Dominator | Mar 31, 2011 2:12:58 PM

Instead of trading the pick, lets just trade the Panthers.

Posted by: streuber | Mar 31, 2011 2:20:21 PM

Gannt - please stop the BJ party on Cam Newton. It is NOT looking more and more like he is the pick. It is looking less and less like it. And to all of you idiots saying Cam will put butts in seats....Get real! There is a lockout! No practice! No rookie prep! He would not be able to offer anything in 2011 season, unless that CBA deal gets done and quick.

Posted by: Darin Loves CAM | Mar 31, 2011 2:26:13 PM

I'd be happy with a 10 and 41 for our pick, but I'd like to get better, maybe Arizona or Cincinatti's #1 plus their #2. Might be asking too much.

I get the appeal. Newton has considerable talent, athletically, with a lot of potential upside. He also has a lot of risk associated with picking a QB of his limited experience that high.

I won't be shocked if the Cats take him or Gabbert at #1, but I'd be happier if they went DT, WR, or CB. We aren't going to be good next year regardless, and it would give us a better shot at Luck or Barkley next year.

Posted by: Doclotus | Mar 31, 2011 2:32:22 PM

I like the write up and agree with it. Way too many holes to fill/needs by the Panthers. Build your team around your draft, but all you really ahve is the #1 pick. That' a prize possesion for some teams. Trade. accumulate other picks this year and next (i.e. New Egland) and you'll be better off.

Posted by: mentos | Mar 31, 2011 2:34:44 PM

Please...please...please trade down and pick Julio Jones. There is a not a better all-around receiver in the draft. No one will outwork him, and he will never be arrested. Julio Jones can help the Panthers' passing game and the running game, because he is a devastating blocker. What an honor it would be to have him in Charlotte.

Posted by: Hannibal | Mar 31, 2011 2:39:43 PM

"it's looking more and more like Cam Newton for the Carolina Panthers"

Yeah, in your little fantasy world Gantt, nowhere else. Outside your blog Gabbert is being talked about more than anyone.

Posted by: Fred | Mar 31, 2011 2:57:21 PM

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