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May 09, 2014

Who's left for the Panthers on Day 2 of the draft?

Last year Dave Gettleman doubled down on defensive tackles in the first two rounds with Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short.

After selecting Kelvin Benjamin in a draft he repeatedly referred to as wide receiver heavy, will Gettleman double dip again?

“You know we’re going to see how it falls,” Gettleman said. “I say it over and over again: we don’t draft for need, we draft for value. If you draft for need instead of value you’re going to get burned.”

If the team wants to double down on receivers, the Panthers could look at Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews, Clemson’s Martavius Bryant, LSU's Jarvis Landry, Penn State’s Allen Robinson, Colorado’s Paul Richardson and South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington in Friday’s second and third rounds.

Carolina’s greatest need remains offensive tackle. Gettleman was intent on not reaching for need. The top four tackles, plus Tennessee’s JuWuan James, were off the board in the first round. But remaining going into Friday, and possibly at No. 60, are Nevada’s Joel Bitonio, Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio and OhioState’s Jack Mewhort. Morgan Moses, a popular pick among mock drafts for Carolina at No. 28, will likely be gone by No. 60.

Defensive back is the third-greatest position of need. Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir and Clemson’s Bashaud Breeland could all be there in the late second round. And of course, there's always a blue goose pass rusher that could be there.

As far as moving up in the second round, Gettleman doesn’t seem amenable to that. He’s aware there’s plenty of talent in the second round—all at positions the Panthers need.

The Panthers have the No. 92 overall pick in the third round.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on May 9, 2014 at 07:32 AM | Permalink


Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | May 9, 2014 9:05:52 AM

I would like to see him "double dip" again. I'm leaning towards Landry myself. Assuming Moses is gone at 60 I think the other offensive lineman would be a reach at 60. I'd go OL in the 3rd.

Posted by: Chris | May 9, 2014 9:22:36 AM

Matthews, Bryant, or Landry if Moses is gone. LOVE the Benjamin pick!

Posted by: Nate | May 9, 2014 9:26:00 AM

U forgot dvante adams

Posted by: Mike Win | May 9, 2014 9:33:13 AM

Benjamin feels way too much like dwayne jarrett. except jarrett had the excuse of being a 20 year old rookie who we were arguably impatient with.

dude says you "can't coach 6-5 240". what he meant to say was "you can't teach" it. If you can't coach the guy, that's a problem. and you can't coach guys that fail 2 grades and standout against their peers physically because they are actually 2 years older.

i'm being overly pessimistic, i know. but with all the holes we have to fill with one draft class after some idiotic moves.....it's hard not to be. this guy has to be a STUD. anything short of a stud means we not only wasted a 1 on him, but we cut steve smith also. that's just the reality. we didn't save money and we only get better if the kid is a stud.

and we still have to hit a few more home runs in the next few rounds. still need a tackle, a guard, a return man for sure... a corner, and arguably an OLB and another receiver. and i'm one of the few people that has a ton of faith in josh thomas and byron bell.

but i forgot.....gettleman knows exactly what he's doing.

Posted by: charlottean | May 9, 2014 9:38:35 AM

I support the Benjamin pick, but would've preferred Marqise Lee. First choice would've been OT, but all the studs were already gone and anybody else would've been a reach. Lots of talent at CB and WR left, so hopefully that's where Gettleman goes.

He can always give me a call if he has questions on running the team, I'm not doing too much these days. I can't understand why I've never gotten another GM gig :(.

Posted by: marty hurney | May 9, 2014 9:49:48 AM

Charlottean....if you are truly a local.....drink a cheerwine .......have you ever been an NFL scout.......cause you sure seem to know everything......you should work for the team......seriously.....Gettleman is a lot smarter than you......

Posted by: Scott | May 9, 2014 10:03:31 AM

GREAT PICK! Enough said. Let the second round begin.

Posted by: Glenn Eagle | May 9, 2014 10:44:04 AM

I am ok withj Benjamin with the size speed can be improved I hope but want Cody Latimer, Jordan Mathews or Martavis Bryant

Posted by: malcolm | May 9, 2014 12:10:37 PM

Jack Mewhort in the second! He was part of that OSU line that led one heck of a running attack. Get a DB or another WR in the third

Posted by: ZB | May 9, 2014 12:35:56 PM

gettleman is a lot smarter than me? rod higgins is in charge of basketball opps for the bobcats. does that make him smarter than anybody?

gettleman's smarts are why we have over 20 million in dead money going towards guys that are still major contributors to our competition (plus gross who retired early because he didn't want to move). such a smart dude.

gettleman went 12-4 last year with hurney's guys. let's see how his drafts work out. maybe kugbila and barner and short and klein are going to be studs and we just don't know it yet. maybe benjamin turns out to be a stud.

i would be a lot more optimistic if he didn't run off so many elite guys and not save money in the process.

it's exactly like the bobcats trading tyson chandler to the mavs to "save money" in a deal that sent ~16 million out and brought back 24 million in bad contracts.

dude is making ego-maniacal moves left and right.

Posted by: charlottean | May 9, 2014 12:44:18 PM

Ummm, Charlottean, you need to get a clue. That dead money drops off after next season and guess where that money is going to go?! Oh yeah, that's right, to sign extensions for our franchise QB and our all-everything MLB. Elite players? Like who??? Smitty? Look at the other WRs who make $7.5 million or more. Do you really think 745 yds and 4 TDs is ELITE??? REALLY??? I'll take Cotchery's 10...yeah, you read that right...TEN...TDs any day of the week for the price we paid. And the fact that we went 12-4 with Hurney's guys: Was Mike Mitchell a Hurney guy? How about Robert Lester or Quintin Mikell? Or how about the fact that one of the NFL's worst run defenses overnight turned into one of the best with the additions of Star and KShort. Were they....nope, don't think they were Hurney's guys either. Seriously, do some research...and leave the building of a contender to the experts like Mr Gettleman.

Posted by: ZB | May 9, 2014 3:46:48 PM

You guys really need to get off charlottean's case. He just got a bikini wax and is in a lot of pain. Lighten up.

Posted by: Brandon | May 9, 2014 4:31:52 PM

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