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April 27, 2012

Possible second-round targets for Panthers

With Luke Kuechly on his way to Charlotte this morning to meet his new team, The Observer examines some of the potential second-round targets for the Panthers tonight when they pick at 40.

From the Observer's list of the top 100 prospects, there are 11 players who ranked among the top 40 still available following Thursday's first round.

A look at each and how he might fit.

Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw (No. 17 on Observer's top 100) – The Panthers already got their linebacker; plus, Upshaw a better fit for a 3-4 team.

N. Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins (23) – Tempting, but don't think the Panthers want to deal with his baggage.

Stanford TE Coby Fleener (27) – Too early to take a tight end.

Stanford T Jonathan Martin (28) – Tackle not a high priority.

Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy (31) – Strong possibility if he's still around at 40; visited Panthers in March.

Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill (32) – Big and fast; would be nice complement to Steve Smith. Visited Panthers.

Midwestern State G Amini Silatolu (35) – A need position for Panthers after cutting Travelle Wharton; among the Panthers' visits.

Marshall DE Vinny Curry (36) – Arguably the best edge rusher left on the board. Getting Kuechly and Curry would be a coup.

S. Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery (38) – Big target with good hands, but Panthers appear to like other wideouts better.

Penn State DT Devon Still (39) – Injury-prone early in his career; was productive as a senior.

Wisconsin C Peter Konz (40) – Panthers don't need a center.

From this list, keep an eye on Worthy, Hill, Silatolu and Curry.

Jenkins is a high-risk, high-reward player, not unlike Brandon Hogan. The Panthers took Hogan, the former West Virginia CB, in the fourth round last year and want to give him a look this year after he was injured most of his rookie season.

Two others who visited the Panthers and could be a fit at No. 40 – Montana CB Trumaine Johnson and LSU receiver Rueben Randle.

The Panthers don't have a third-round pick, having traded to Chicago in the Greg Olsen deal. They could try to trade into the third tonight.

--Joseph Person



Posted by Observer Sports on April 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM | Permalink


Another option if there is Cordy Glen. I expect a trade down.

Posted by: PantherHead | Apr 27, 2012 11:29:40 AM

Take Jenkins!!

Posted by: Mark | Apr 27, 2012 11:31:38 AM

Curry or Hill! Either one would make me happy!

Posted by: Marty Buck | Apr 27, 2012 11:42:16 AM


Posted by: Wow | Apr 27, 2012 11:42:55 AM

At least Kuechly is jacked up. I would be to if I was him. Late first, early second rounder taken 9th means much more money and he has no spot to play so he can enjoy his wealth with his health intact.

No doubt that Upshaw is the 2nd rd.pick ya'll!

Posted by: Craziness | Apr 27, 2012 11:52:06 AM

I really don't want Jenkins. Too much baggage. Besides the football factor, I think we picked Kuekly was because he was a safe pick and didn't have any personal issues. However, with Jenkins we would have to groom him and make him grow up. He got booted from Florida because of police issues and goes to North Alabama. Maybe as was in Newton's case, he grew up after that but nope. Jenkins kept getting in trouble and now has 3 kids with 3 different mothers. I don't think he is a type of guy we would take. Jenkins does have top 10 talent, however because of his issues he may not be taken until the middle of the 2nd round or even much later. I would say TE Dwayne Allen may be a good fit, or maybe one of the DTs left. Or even the Georgia Tech WR. We shall see. After the eventful round 1 and us picking Kuekly I am really excited for round 2. :)

Posted by: Ganthiger | Apr 27, 2012 11:52:12 AM

haha...Frank is funny (and correct). Look for Still or Jenkins. Either one would be a great fit.

Posted by: Jake | Apr 27, 2012 11:53:57 AM

Take Jenk. He's BLAZEing fast

Posted by: slim shady | Apr 27, 2012 11:54:50 AM

Person nailed Kuechly in his mocks so i wouldn't say he's never right.

Posted by: Dave | Apr 27, 2012 11:54:57 AM

Other than drafting Kalil this is Hurney's nightmare round! The only time he got it right was when he took best player available! Highest player on the board is best pick! Don't reach Marty!

Posted by: joe cool | Apr 27, 2012 12:08:05 PM

The panthers ignored the gamecocks players last year as well and now we have a shaky placekicking situation and the last guy chosen in the draft, Ryan Succop signed a multimillion, multi-year deal with Kansas City. Skip Jeffrey and watch him torch you for years. He's been the best overall player in Columbia for years.

Posted by: delhommeforever@me.com | Apr 27, 2012 12:54:55 PM

Definitely not Jenkins. How about WR Sanu from Rutgers. Another Kenny Britt / Hakim Nicks type.

Posted by: par404 | Apr 27, 2012 1:33:18 PM

They're taking Trumaine Johnson. Lock it up.

Posted by: PantherFan89 | Apr 27, 2012 1:35:35 PM

All posters on this thread who have previous NFL GM experience, please raise your hand. Hmmmmmm, that's what I thought. Four guys who flipped burgers at McDonalds, two at BK and one guy whose application was turned down at KFC. Why don't you all get a life!?!?!?!?

Posted by: dbigcat | Apr 27, 2012 2:01:23 PM

Why don't you quit being an ass? They allow comment for a reason.

Posted by: cppro | Apr 27, 2012 2:09:30 PM

I repeat - why don't you get a life, ass?!?!?

Posted by: dbigcat | Apr 27, 2012 2:21:12 PM

Does anyone REALLY believe the Panthers are actually entertaining the idea of taking a WR in the 2nd? I would love to hear an educated reason they would. LaFell produced when that bum Nanee was where he needed to be, on the bench, and you have Ghettis coming back. They'll take BPA again, just like they should. Hopefully it's Worthy and if I were Hurney, which I'm not in that position, I would take a chance on Jenkins. Dude can play ball. Hopefully he doesn't end up with 10 kids like Cromartie.

Posted by: Mike P | Apr 27, 2012 2:28:58 PM

Agree with Person on this one again. If they miss out on Hill then they should trade into the 3rd round to get TY Hilton from Florida International.
Putting him on our offense would be exceptionally dangerous. Plus he would be a great kick returner.
To the serious fans, check his highlight reel on Youtube. Six minutes of highlights. The guy is a hybrid between Wes Walker and Steve Smith. Small but elusive and super quick but a history of production.

Posted by: rob | Apr 27, 2012 2:41:01 PM

Why no mention about Dwayne Allen?

Posted by: Mo | Apr 27, 2012 4:16:15 PM

Please take Janoris Jenkins!

Posted by: Uptown Caberat Performer | Apr 27, 2012 4:20:38 PM

I like Shirley and Kearse combined with Edwards at DT. Fua and McClain didn't get a camp last year due to the lockout so I expect them - and Nesbet - to improve a lot this year. Having said that - I wouldn't be upset with the Panthers taking Devon Still in the second round. I think they will either take Still, Jenkins, Randle, Worthy or Glen - depending who is left at 40. Any of those guys would be a good pick. They can grab a couple projects in the 4th and 5th round at WR and CB. Dennard in the 4th and Dwight Jones in the 5th? I would do those and then grab a punter and Audie Cole (LB) in the 6th. Project G in the 7th...

Posted by: Dom | Apr 27, 2012 4:27:26 PM

I want to see what Gettis and LaFell do this year before spending a high pick on another WR. Dwight Jones in the 5th or even 6th round is a good move.

Posted by: Dom | Apr 27, 2012 4:29:08 PM

Are Frank and Saints ready to Kill both 2 year olds? They like to come bash the writers instead of commented on the data. Get a life you two.

I'd like Curry or Still at that pick and make a move to get into third round or even another second rounder to get receiver.

Posted by: CB | Apr 27, 2012 4:32:08 PM

Craziness? Please tell me the trouble that Jenkins got in once he landed at at UNA? The 3 kids were already born or on the way before he even visited the UNA campus. Only state facts please.

Posted by: Craziness is Crazy | Apr 27, 2012 6:38:31 PM

Trade Jimmy Pickles for ANYTHING YOU CAN GET. (includes a bag of jockey straps)

Posted by: Wow | Apr 27, 2012 6:39:10 PM

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