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April 27, 2012

A look ahead to Day 3 for Panthers

Panthers remaining picks: 4th round-104th overall; 5-143; 6-180; 6-207; 7-216

Panthers still need: WR/PR; DB; DL; P; LB

Possible targets: Arkansas WR/PR Joe Adams; Georgia CB Brandon Boykin; Georgia P Drew Butler; Boise State safety George Iloka; South Carolina S Antonio Allen; Nevada LB James-Michael Johnson; Texas LB Keenan Robinson; Nebraska DE Jared Crick

What to look for: Armanti Edwards got his shot to return punts last season, and averaged 5.5 yards per return. The Edwards experiment could be ending if Adams is still available when the Panthers pick ninth in the fourth round. Adams was the SEC's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2011 after leading the country with four returns for touchdowns.

In addition to a punt returner, the Panthers also need a punter after cutting Jason Baker. In a bit of a surprise, the Jaguars took Cal punter Bryan Anger in the third round, leaving Butler and Florida State's Shawn Powell as the top punters still on the board. Butler is the son of former Chicago kicker Kevin Butler, who played with Panthers coach Ron Rivera on the Bears' Super Bowl-winning team in 1985.

Though the Panthers drafted Luke Kuechly in the first round, they could stand to add another linebacker – for special teams and protection in the event Jon Beason or Thomas Davis have setbacks in their return from surgeries. A couple of linebackers the Panthers had in for visits – Johnson and Robinson – are still available.

Carolina signed a couple of safeties in free agency, but that's another position that can fortify special teams.

He said it: “As you look at the board and look at what we've done, there are still several positions where we feel there are some quality guys. We're not going to pick a player for the sake of picking and say, 'This is a need.' We're going to pick a player because he's going to fit us best, whether it's on the offensive or defensive side. There are some positions we'd like to see if we can shore up (with) another player or two. But we've got to look at the board,” – Panthers coach Ron Rivera.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM | Permalink


Might as well erase the stuff on needs doesn't matter to hurney

Posted by: zlich | Apr 27, 2012 11:36:06 PM

Really hoping the Panthers draft Boykin. Can help us out on special teams and defense. Very versatile (look at the positions he lined up at last year at UGA) and can return punts/kick-offs. Should've been a 2nd/3rd round pick and would be a steal in the 4th. Other than being a UGA fan, I think he's a better choice than Adams due to him being a defensive player. WR isn't as big of a need as someone on defense, in my opinion. Would be fine with either though.

Posted by: anonymous | Apr 27, 2012 11:45:22 PM

Re: Anon 11:45....I actually hope we get both Boykin and Adams, both could solid Special Teamers with starter potential a couple of years down the road (or sooner if they surprise in camp/preseason).

Posted by: Rick | Apr 28, 2012 12:23:33 AM

Forgot to change the name.

@Rick- I agree and would love both Boykin and Adams. I just don't see either being available in the 5th round. If we are able to grab both, then that would be awesome.

Posted by: RD | Apr 28, 2012 12:39:59 AM

I totally agree CB is bigger need we need 1.Boykin OR 2. Ron brooks or 3. Alfonso Dennard from nebraska if Boykin is gone then 1. Adams in the 5th or 2. Chris Givens or 3. Jeff Fuller or 4 Nick Toon, 5. Greg childs (adams teammate) Drew Butler P in the 6th, DT Josh Chapman from Bama could be a good 6th rounder for our other pick and in the 7th DE Crick from nebraska (doubt he would be there) or a 3rd TE since to pair with barnidge and olson, though brockel is technically one

Posted by: Ryan | Apr 28, 2012 12:52:34 AM

Boykin is a steal! Not getting Anger was a kick in the stomach! Trade up to get Adams and Boykin. Less is more! Give up some picks! Get 2 players you want and the punter!

Posted by: joe cool | Apr 28, 2012 1:14:57 AM

must have Adams!

Posted by: chanrock | Apr 28, 2012 8:10:37 AM

how about signing matt dodge, a "local" guy, who played for the giants for a year, or another free agent punter, instead of using one of the remaining draft picks??

Posted by: mike | Apr 28, 2012 8:19:18 AM

adams hopefully, we need a true pr/kr for a change, edwards is gone..

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Posted by: JLC | Apr 28, 2012 10:26:17 AM

Day 3 ... look for Hurney to take a QB, RB, Center, SS, & long snapper. Of course, a couple of those are from DII schools to make Richardson happy. Then we can go get Jordan to help evaluate talent next year. Watch Philly with Cox & Curry on D - we could have had them both!!!

Posted by: jla | Apr 28, 2012 11:21:31 AM

I'm going on record by saying this was a monumental failure. This guy would have been available deep into this draft. Could we have taken somebody who at least proved themselves against top notch competition??? Hoping we are going to be active in FA now....

Posted by: ZB | Apr 28, 2012 12:20:30 PM

now we have a punt returner!

Posted by: chanrock | Apr 28, 2012 12:31:56 PM

Hello...is anyone there to report on this awful trade that was just made...the Everette Brown like trade we just made to get some DE?

Posted by: The Beat goes on... | Apr 28, 2012 1:27:43 PM

This draft is WORSE than last year's and i thought that was impossible...Hurney did not address any needs until the 4th round The Panther's 6-10 or worse again...New owner please ,JR keeps hiring Defenseive minded head coach's in a passing NFL this is why the team has 4 playoff berths in 18 yrs.

Posted by: Cam's Entourage | Apr 28, 2012 1:30:40 PM

And a DE that would have been around in round 6 or 7

Posted by: B | Apr 28, 2012 1:31:27 PM

And so ends, ignominiously, the Armantii Edawrds Experiment, thanks to the excellent draft pick of Joe Adams. Good work, Mr. Hurney. This kid can flat-out return kicks, and God knows the Panthers could use some special teams help. Now, if the Panthers could just upgrade the interior of the defensive line....can you smell the Lombardi Trophy? I think I can....

Posted by: PantherDan | Apr 28, 2012 1:32:23 PM

You're assuming Adams will have blocking that Edwards did not. If he gets pounded the second he catches the ball like has been the case the last couple of years, it will make no difference. I hope you are right and I am fine with the Armanti "experiment" being over with, but the blocking has to be better regardless of who is back there.

Posted by: The Beat goes on... | Apr 28, 2012 1:42:19 PM

Considering we gave this year's 3rd for Greg Olson last year, are they expecting an unproven rookie to make an equal impact on our defense this year by giving up next year's 3rd? Welcome Frank Alexander, no pressure buddy, but fix all the problems on our D-line....now!

Posted by: The Beat goes on... | Apr 28, 2012 1:46:40 PM

The Beat...I agree, and I also would note that Carolina has spent the offseason stocking up on special teams players who, if they live up to billing, should provide the necessary blocking. I agree that Armantii didn't get dealt a perfect hand back there, but he also never delivered anything that showed potential.

Posted by: PantherDan | Apr 28, 2012 1:59:01 PM

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