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April 24, 2013

In football writers mock, Panthers take ...

The Pro Football Writers of America held a mock draft Tuesday that shook out pretty well for the Panthers, at least if you're among those who believe they should take a defensive tackle with their first pick.

It was tempting to take Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, considering the Panthers were set to pick Alabama safety Mark Barron last year before Tampa Bay snatched him two spots before the Panthers were on the clock.

But ultimately, the chance to grab a guy who was a top-3 prospect not that long ago was too enticing.

The PFWA mock, which featured a trade:

1-Kansas City: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2-Jacksonville: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

3-Oakland: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

4-Philadelphia: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

5-Detroit: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

6-Cleveland: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

7-Arizona: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

8-Buffalo: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

9-New York Jets: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

10-Tennessee: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

11-San Diego: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

12-Miami: D.J Hayden, CB, Houston

13-New York Jets: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

14-Carolina: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Rationale: Carolina is interested in trading down and getting one of their later-round picks back. But not if Lotulelei's still on the board when they pick. Panthers first-year GM Dave Gettleman spent 14 years with the Giants, who did pretty well beefing up their D-line seemingly every year in the draft.

Since cutting nose tackle Ron Edwards this offseason, Ron Rivera has talked about the need to find a space-eater up front to keep blockers off Defensive RoY Luke Kuechly. Lotulelei does more than occupy blockers, however.

And the Panthers have experience drafting guys with heart issues/scares. They took Oklahoma DE Frank Alexander in the fourth round last year after Alexander was sent home from the combine after doctors thought they found a hole in his heart. The Panthers checked into it, and it turned out to be a misdiagnosis.

15-New Orleans: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

16- St. Louis: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

17-Pittsburgh: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

18-Dallas: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

19-New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

20-San Francisco (from Chicago): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

21-Cincinnati: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

22-St. Louis: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

23-Minnesota: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

24-Indianapolis: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

25-Minnesota: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

26-Green Bay: Matt Elam, S, Florida

27-Houston: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

28-Denver: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

29-New England: Robert Woods, WR, USC

30-Atlanta: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

31-Chicago (from San Francisco): D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

32-Baltimore: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM | Permalink


This is probably exactly right. ;)

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 24, 2013 1:25:04 PM

Lotulelei is good, but I sure hope Tavon Austin falls to the Panthers….please, please...

Posted by: PantherDan | Apr 24, 2013 4:03:52 PM

That's a big gamble for the Jets to take in betting on the WVU system.

Posted by: Sambo | Apr 24, 2013 4:26:30 PM

Need a DT ,and a CB not a overhyped WVU midget WR.

Posted by: Cam's Entourage | Apr 24, 2013 6:08:39 PM

DT/CB/OL/WR/LB just like that!

Posted by: Dale Earnhardt jr | Apr 24, 2013 6:10:24 PM

DT First, Safety Second..

Posted by: Lanman | Apr 24, 2013 6:11:35 PM

CB/DT everything else can wait.

Posted by: TWIGGY | Apr 24, 2013 6:11:36 PM

there's only 1 ball. why waste a #1 pick on a playmaker when we already have smith, lafell, olsen, williams, stewart, newton, tolbert and then you have a slew of wideouts in hixon, gettis, edwards, pilares, ginn, etc. who are all capable of filling in the gaps when guys get hurt or need rest.

we don't have a starting DT next to edwards or a starting safety next to godfrey. When you have 15 holes you draft for talent. When you have 2 you draft for need. We're in win now mode. We won 7, got blown out in 2, and lost 7 at the very end mostly due to coaching gaffs and poor strategy. We have 2 capable starters at corner and 3 veteran backups. If we go corner 1 its because millner miraculously ends up slipping and he won't.

DT, Safety, then Corner.......THEN everything else. 1st should be richardson/williams/vaccarro/lotulelei if he slips.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 24, 2013 6:36:12 PM

Our division has true studs at QB. If he's there, Star is the guy to take. With him on the line with an improving Greg Hardy and Luke in the middle, that immediately makes our front seven extremely stout.

Posted by: Smitty | Apr 24, 2013 6:47:11 PM

Please show this article next week along with the actual draft choices. Trades have a way of messing things up.

Posted by: Ben | Apr 24, 2013 9:08:12 PM

Trust the GM please! Check his record. Done!

Posted by: kat | Apr 24, 2013 9:54:37 PM

We have no

Posted by: Sports don | Apr 25, 2013 9:09:54 AM

No one behind Cam. If he goes down the season is over.

Posted by: Sports don | Apr 25, 2013 9:11:02 AM

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