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April 30, 2011

Panthers take linebacker, offensive lineman in 6th round

The Panthers opened the 6th round by taking Connecticut linebacker Lawrence Wilson, a 6-1, 226-pound senior.

Wilson is a two-time first-team All-Big East pick. He led the conference with 123 total tackles in 2010, including 10.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks.

Guard Zack Williams (6-3, 310), who played center and guard in college at Washington State, was taken by the Panthers with their compensatory pick of the sixth round (203 overall).

Williams played both center and guard at Washington State, but guard is where he's most needed with the Panthers. He started 12 games at center for the Cougars last season.

Posted by Observer Sports on April 30, 2011 at 05:42 PM | Permalink

Comments

I wonder how many fake fans will post negative comments about these two picks. Ready, set, go...

Posted by: Killione | Apr 30, 2011 5:47:49 PM

Wilson is a solid pick.

Williams is fodder. We needed a starter; he just isn't athletic enough, nor is he able to take on faster DTs. Career backup at best.

Posted by: Nate | Apr 30, 2011 5:49:45 PM

of course we need a starter but you can't ask for too much at the end of the 6th round

Posted by: Matt G | Apr 30, 2011 5:52:03 PM

6th round is a crap shoot at best regardless, but these picks project better than the previous ones.

Posted by: BarelyCareAnymore | Apr 30, 2011 5:56:08 PM

Why not take Quan Sturdivant???

Posted by: Duston | Apr 30, 2011 5:58:46 PM

character issues

Posted by: Tino | Apr 30, 2011 6:01:25 PM

Wilson is a solid pick, just needs to add 20 plus pounds of muscle. I actually like Marcus C in the beginning of the 5th round. He had great value selecting him there( especially being projected a 2nd or 3rd until hearing he had cancer). With selecting Pilares in the 5th round, what wil they do with AE now?

They needed players who can at least contribute rightaway, not draft 2 players who are coming off major injuries( Brandon Hogan coming off an acl injury) and Pilares a torn PCL. Who will sit on the bench.

Only time will tell if this draft class was solid or great. But as of now, the Saints, Falcons and Bucs have managed to get players that would help "now" and prolong their success for the future. We mortgaged a competitive season with this draft.
Btw i'm not being negative, just expression my opinion.

Posted by: jerome carter | Apr 30, 2011 6:09:39 PM

"But as of now, the Saints, Falcons and Bucs have managed to get players that would help "now" and prolong their success for the future. We mortgaged a competitive season with this draft"

While that is true they drafted players that can help them win "now", the Falcons also made a Hurney like move of trading away 5 picks for a receiver. The Bucs drafted 2 guys with injuries that can affect there performance in the near future. Heck everyone had stated Bower is worth 1 contract, before having to need surgery again in 4yr that will put him out of action for 8 months. The Saints draft was awesome, all of there picks was all value.

Posted by: lol | Apr 30, 2011 6:15:59 PM

I still do not understand why we did not take Quan Sturdivant in the 5th round if we were going linebacker. It just made a lot of sense to me...but apparently not. I really do not know much about the other UCONN guy, so I cannot say whether or not he will work out. I had just seen Sturdivant play a lot and really thought he had some skills that would transfer well, especially with coach Rivera teaching him...

Posted by: Chucky | Apr 30, 2011 6:18:08 PM

"the Falcons also made a Hurney like move of trading away 5 picks for a receiver."

Just to clarify, what I is meant they traded future 1st, 2nd, and 4th rounder back to back yrs. Those are quality picks giving away, knowing how anyone can drop during the draft.

Posted by: lol | Apr 30, 2011 6:18:17 PM

The Bucs, Falcons and Saints further separated themselves from us
They all clearly got better for as early as game 1. Carolina on the other hand have 6 picks that "may" not even start next season. When you’re the worst team in the league, you need more than depth and potential starters… You need major upgrades.

Better hope they are very active in free agency. And that Cam gets up to speed VERY quick.

Posted by: jackson | Apr 30, 2011 6:47:50 PM

yes the falcons and the saints drafted a few players to play now. That is because they are each a few key pieces away from the Super Bowl. The Panthers won 2 games. So yes they are trying to build a team that will compete in 2-3 years. Panthers fans be patient and watch the young guys develop. It will happen so stop giving up before these kids can even lace up their cleats.

Posted by: realfan | Apr 30, 2011 7:14:06 PM

zzzzzzzz

Posted by: BarelyCareAnymore | Apr 30, 2011 7:44:06 PM

It's the freaking sixth round. Obviously you aren't going to aquire instant starters. Shut up.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Apr 30, 2011 8:01:03 PM

"It's the freaking sixth round. Obviously you aren't going to aquire instant starters. Shut up."

'I wasn't talking about the 6th round, just rounds 1 thru 4. So u need to shut up.

Posted by: jackson | Apr 30, 2011 8:46:10 PM

We love Big Least players now?..Is this the Polian years again?..My god Quan Sturdivant was there...Were NOT worried about character issues anymore?

Posted by: MRBernz | Apr 30, 2011 10:49:14 PM

Worst draft in 10 yrs...not even close!..We will get a d- grade!

Posted by: Nick Saban | Apr 30, 2011 10:51:32 PM

BOOOOO!

Posted by: Cam's Entourage | Apr 30, 2011 10:53:08 PM

We got a cue-card QB ,and house of cards organization!

Posted by: Rae Carruth | Apr 30, 2011 10:59:16 PM

Williams won't start but we now have versatility with a guy that can play multiple positions subbing the O line. I would have also took Sturdivant. Not because he's better than Wilson but because I like the Panthers to have a Tarheel connection.

Posted by: deepenwide | Apr 30, 2011 11:49:56 PM

Not a "feel good" draft at this point!

Posted by: SC Ken | May 1, 2011 9:22:27 AM

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