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April 29, 2011

Panthers take two defensive tackles in third round

TmcClain The Panthers moved to address their interior defensive line Friday by drafting South Florida defensive tackle Terrell McClain and Stanford defensive tackle Sione Fua with the first and last picks of the third round.

Panthers first-year coach Ron Rivera said when he evaluated tapes from last season the defensive tackles were the weak link. Specifically, Rivera said the Panthers' linebackers were going backward and sideways too often because the tackles couldn't keep blockers off them.

In Fua and McClain, Rivera said the Panthers got a pair of "space-eaters." He said McClain is the stronger pass-rusher of the two.

McClain, 6-2 and 297 pounds, was an all-Big East selection last season when he finished with 24 tackles, three sacks and five QB hurries.

He was invited to the Senior Bowl, but could not participate due to a pulled hamstring he sustained in the East-West Shrine Game.

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, the former Tampa Bay Bucs coach who taped his "QB Camp" series on South Florida's campus, said during ESPN's telecast that McClain needed to get in better shape. But McClain said he's been working out hard and didn't know where Gruden's comment came from.

McClain is from a military family in Pensacola, Fla. His mother retired from the Navy on Thursday; his father is retired from the Marines.

Fua, 6-1 and 307 pounds, had 23 tackles, including six for loss, and 4 1/2 sacks as a senior at Stanford. He also caused two fumbles.

Fua, a native of Encino, Calif., started 31 games for the Cardinal -- 18 at strong-side defensive tackle and 13 at nose tackle.

"I'm all about the power game," Fua said. "I bring that power game every play and just try to knock back those O-linemen into the backfield and disrupt the plays."

The Panthers waited about 24 1/2 hours to pick again after taking Cam Newton with the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday. GM Marty Hurney traded the second-round pick to New England last year in order to take Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards in the third round in the 2010 draft.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 29, 2011 at 08:52 PM | Permalink

Comments

Fire Hurney! Does he even know what he is doing?

Posted by: Dave | Apr 29, 2011 8:56:18 PM

Fire Dave!

Posted by: jeff | Apr 29, 2011 8:58:09 PM

Fire me!

Posted by: jeff | Apr 29, 2011 8:58:24 PM

Hurney will live or die with Cam Newton..

Posted by: SteelSix | Apr 29, 2011 9:05:46 PM

Fire Hurney and all of you but joke aside really marty better hope this team win atleast 5 games or I think he will be looking at a pink slip next year

Posted by: NFL | Apr 29, 2011 9:05:57 PM

Who?

Posted by: Mongo | Apr 29, 2011 9:05:59 PM

This guy wasn't even a full time starter for a second tier program in a third tier college league

Posted by: Mongo | Apr 29, 2011 9:09:43 PM

Might as well have drafted me for all this is worth.

Posted by: BarelyCareAnymore | Apr 29, 2011 9:10:38 PM

So Mongo, if he wasn't even a starter how did he make All Big East and play in the Shrine Bowl?

Posted by: Fingers Cross | Apr 29, 2011 9:24:28 PM

Fingers Cross....the key phrase is All Big East...kind of like being the best surfer in Montana.

Posted by: BarelyCareAnymore | Apr 29, 2011 9:31:10 PM

I said he wasn't a full tIme starter, which seems to be a matter of record and I don't know how he made all big east, but I assume it's because whoever chose this status thought he had talent (because his raw numbers of tackles and tackles for losses are mediocre).

Posted by: Mongo | Apr 29, 2011 9:31:40 PM

What are you guys talking about? I've never seen the guy play, I admit, but every thing I've read about the guy so far sounds very positive. They all use words like explosive, strong hands, quick, and relentless and don't note a whole lot in the way of weaknesses. He worked out for the Panthers, so they obviously were seriously looking at this guy and he happened to be there for them. Only two teams did not watch him work out so they weren't the only ones and some people said it was the best workout by a DT they had seen this year. Comes from a military family, so he's disciplined and brings no baggage. Sounds ok for a 3rd round pick in an area of need. We'll see.

Posted by: OBXsurfer4 | Apr 29, 2011 9:41:27 PM

How does Hurney keep his job? He has for the past 3 or 4 years thrown away EARLY draft picks and in return, selected very questionable players. A part of me hopes that Newton fails so that Hurney does get FIRED!!

Posted by: CharlotteFan | Apr 29, 2011 9:45:38 PM

I remember the Panther chat room hating our 3rd round pick when we took a little runt from Utah too. All you guys yelling to fire Hurney, get over yourselves. He does a good job. Haven't agreed with everything, but does well. Deangello, JSTEW, Beason, Gross, Kallil, Otah, TDavis, Richard Marshall, so on and so on. We have the most draftees starting than any other team.

Posted by: PantherHead | Apr 29, 2011 9:45:54 PM

O and what I've read also said he was in excellent shape in his workouts, so I don't know if Gruden's right or not, but then again he also suggested the Browns should select a QB yesterday until he was reminded about McCoy, then he shut up. Gruden is just a talking head these days.

Posted by: OBXsurfer4 | Apr 29, 2011 9:46:34 PM

If he would have moved up some of you would have been moaning and griping about that. Pathetic. Acting like a little spoiled bitch.

Posted by: Kevin | Apr 29, 2011 9:52:53 PM

stay in your basements you trolls

Posted by: 44 | Apr 29, 2011 9:58:26 PM

does mommy still do your laundry for you complainers out there too?

Posted by: 44 | Apr 29, 2011 9:58:55 PM

let me know when ya'll get real jobs

Posted by: 44 | Apr 29, 2011 9:59:13 PM

@Pantherhead
Hurney didn't draft Smith, so that point is irrelevant. Hurney has time and time again missed in the middle rounds. His only good 2-5 rounders I can think of are: Kalil, James Anderson, Marshall, and Charles Johnson. But the middle rounds are where your GM really show their true talent at evaluating talent, especially the GMs who go BPA instead of need. Hurney doesn't do that consistently.

Posted by: Josh | Apr 29, 2011 10:01:18 PM

Josh-

I didn't say he did pick Smith. Point was it is pointless to complain now. McClain was All-Big East for crying out loud. Good player. How about Captain Munnerlyn? How about David Gettis? He is solid. Not perfect, but solid. Way too easy for a guy on the couch to complain.

Posted by: PantherHead | Apr 29, 2011 10:04:59 PM

well said PantherHead couldn't agree more

Posted by: 44 | Apr 29, 2011 10:07:25 PM

Eagerly anticipating the 97th pick...most likely someone that could've been had in the 7th round. Its like drawing names out of a hat.

Posted by: BarelyCareAnymore | Apr 29, 2011 10:09:05 PM

I want Luther Stocker.

Posted by: PantherHead | Apr 29, 2011 10:11:01 PM

WHO?

Posted by: MRBernz | Apr 29, 2011 10:12:30 PM

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