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April 23, 2015

Draft guru Mayock sees tackle or receiver for Panthers at 25

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock did his annual marathon conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon, and the draft guru had plenty to say about the Panthers.

Mayock rode with conventional logic on Carolina and targeted offensive tackles and receivers with the 25th overall pick.

Here’s what he had to say.

“I always say that when you’re down there near the bottom you’ve got to be versatile. It can’t just always be about needs. I do think however that this draft will match up with their tackle needs. I mentioned earlier that I think some really gifted tackles are going to slide down toward the bottom of the first round just because there are concerns about their games, and they’re raw and young.

“Sitting at 25, I mean, any one of the following tackles could be there: Ereck Flowers, D.J. Humphries, Andrus Peat, T.J. Clemmings. All those guys could be there. Now if you didn’t like any of them, obviously you could look at corner, you could look at wide receiver. And I do believe this is a team, that even signing Ted Ginn, needs another wide receiver. Kelvin Benjamin was outstanding but they’re got to beef that up. I think it makes most sense to say take a tackle at 25 and a wideout at 57, but you’ve just got to wait and see how the board presents itself.”

I agree with what Mayock had to say except Clemmings. The former Pittsburgh tackle struggled mightily at the Senior Bowl at both left and right tackle as a raw prospect, and I get the sense Carolina isn’t interested in him as a first rounder.

Earlier in the call Mayock said LSU’s La’el Collins is his top tackle, with Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff likely to be the first one off the board but will be moved inside to guard.

Mayock said for one reason or anything he could find technique or off-the-field issues with the remaining top-tier tackles, and that should push them down the board to the bottom of the first round. 

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on April 23, 2015 at 03:00 PM | Permalink


It will be interesting to see where all the tackles get picked. One mock has any one of them in the top 10 and another has the same player going in the early second round.

Posted by: chacha | Apr 24, 2015 8:42:15 AM

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