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April 18, 2013

5 takeaways from Panthers' pre-draft press conference

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman did not discuss any specific prospects in his pre-draft press conference – not surprisingly, no GM ever does.

But Gettleman was comfortable and fairly candid with the media, and was somewhat revealing.

Five quick takeaways from Gettleman's 30-minute media session:

1-Gettleman likes hog-mollies – aka “big uglies” or offensive and defensive linemen. The Giants, Gettleman's former employer, liked them, too. Witness the many and talented defensive ends they drafted over the past decade or so.

2-Gettleman likes his current team. A lot. To wit: “Maybe you guys think I'm Pollyanna but I don't see any major holes here,” he said.

3-That said, Gettleman later mentioned three areas of need. After calling defensive line, secondary and offensive tackle the deepest position groups in the draft, Gettleman was asked whether those jived with the Panthers' needs.

“Let's just say I'm not angry,” he said.

4-The Panthers will not be trading up. Trading up, as Gettleman pointed out, requires draft picks. Carolina has five this year, six next. He sounded open to the possibility of trading down to acquire more picks, but not at the risk of overlooking a good player.

5-Gettleman expects to get starters with the first two picks this year, contributors with the other three selections. He's a believer in “best player available.” As such, he will not be taking any fliers on projects, especially early in the draft.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on April 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM | Permalink


i like the best player available mentality.

I don't think we'll see this GM trade up to take an App State project.....

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 18, 2013 1:07:51 PM

electrify the organization with this pick: http://youtu.be/T3_UNFZHSQU

Posted by: obx | Apr 18, 2013 1:16:50 PM

We have soooo many needs, they HAVE to trade down for more pics....there are no "can't miss" players left at #14 so trade down and fill more needs.

Posted by: globlwmr | Apr 18, 2013 1:46:18 PM

Providing there is someone willing to trade up, the best opportunity is to trade back into the early 20's and take Sylvester Williams instead of staying at 14 to take Richardson.

Posted by: Authority | Apr 18, 2013 2:02:02 PM

I really can't see anyone trading up to 14 and sacrificing by extra pick this year. 1st round is too weak.

Posted by: PhilW57 | Apr 18, 2013 2:31:38 PM

I think the Panthers should take another SoCon player with their second round pick.

Posted by: Marty Hurney | Apr 18, 2013 2:43:38 PM

Nothing to go on so far, but i like this guys candor. Marty loved to play games with the press. I hated that. Just be open. You don't have to say what your going to do, but to say we'll consder every position is just annoying.

Posted by: Nick | Apr 18, 2013 2:44:52 PM

@Marty Hurney ,only If we cam trade away a pick for another Otah ,and resign RB's that we don't need like extra furniture.

Posted by: John Fox | Apr 18, 2013 2:48:15 PM

This is Cam's 3rd year ,and no excuses If no playoffs it's time to Draft another QB next year as Gettleman didn't draft him ,and is a bottom line GM something this team has needed since year 1.

Posted by: Soulja Boi | Apr 18, 2013 2:50:47 PM

Soulja Boi you told the truth year 3 is IT for QB's it's go to the post season or see ya!

Posted by: QB | Apr 18, 2013 2:52:28 PM

we do NOT have sooooo many needs.

DT and Safety. That's it. everything else would be hypothetically upgrading from solid to better.

We're now overloaded at WR competition wise.....we EVENTUALLY need an elite receiver to replace smith, but he's easily good for the next 3 years barring injuries. and olsen/lafell make our 1-2-3 punch near elite among the league right now. and we have like 8 guys fighting to the death for the other 2 or 3 spots behind lafell. hixon is the favorite for number 3 but you have gettis, edwards, pilares, adams, ginn, etc. etc. and potentially a draft pick in the mix as well. Surely someone gets cut after the draft but they might just let the cream rise in camp.

Where else is there a hole? we signed 2 veteran corners to backup the young guys who were solid last year. Thomas and Norman might not be elite corners but they're capable starters. We went to the super bowl with howard and cousins. They're better than howard and cousins already. Godfrey is solid. We have 4 solid linebackers, 2 upper echelon defensive ends AND a nice prospect in alexander. 3 solid backs. a great young QB and an upper echelon backup. 2 pro bowlers on o-line, 2 young guys who have been solid and another veteran who has been solid.

health and coaching are the only issues here assuming they address the 2 needs in the draft.

DT and safety.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 18, 2013 2:57:48 PM

2-Gettleman likes his current team. A lot. To wit: “Maybe you guys think I'm Pollyanna but I don't see any major holes here,” he said.

Sounds like someone secure in his abilities not trying to blow smoke and sell us on how tough his task is getting us to the playoffs.

Posted by: ilikeit | Apr 18, 2013 2:58:20 PM

I agree Cam is a prima donna at this point and word all over the NFL is he is a bad locker room guy ,so it's do or die for Cam which was a BAD pick Imo and a 17-48 record is awful.

Posted by: Nick Saban | Apr 18, 2013 2:58:38 PM

17 wins outta 48 games

Posted by: Nick Saban | Apr 18, 2013 2:59:14 PM

^^17 wins otta 48 games

Posted by: Nick Saban | Apr 18, 2013 3:00:17 PM

Cam is what we thought he was.

This team is full of holes, but I like Getteman showing some confidence. I wish the head coach had that kind of swagger.....its what the team needs.

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 18, 2013 3:01:17 PM

DT/CB/4th rnd S/OL/WR in that order

Posted by: TWIGGY | Apr 18, 2013 3:02:08 PM


Posted by: Cam's Entourage | Apr 18, 2013 3:05:56 PM


Posted by: MRBernz | Apr 18, 2013 3:06:56 PM

@ charlottean what "great young QB" with a 13-19 record?

Posted by: MRBernz | Apr 18, 2013 3:10:07 PM


and stick with the major conferences....

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 18, 2013 3:10:36 PM

how does 17 out of 48 reflect on cam? he's 13 out of 32 (13-19) in his first 2 years. Manning was 16-16. that's a 3 game difference.

17-31 during an entire rebuild/lockout is not that bad. especially considering how close the losses were the past 2 years. There are a lot of franchises that have gone through far worse.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 18, 2013 3:11:16 PM

Nick Saban hope that's in the last 3 yrs ,but I agree Cam is NOT what we thought

Posted by: MRBernz | Apr 18, 2013 3:11:54 PM

@ charlottean and only a couple wins over playoff teams...Year 3 is the bench mark for QB's and he's playing for a big contract ,so if the team doesn't make the playoffs buh bye Cam!

Posted by: MRBernz | Apr 18, 2013 3:14:49 PM

Worse than our franchise? exactly 3 trips to the post season since 1995 how many are worse?

Posted by: MRBernz | Apr 18, 2013 3:16:13 PM

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