Marty Hurney is right. The Carolina Panthers need a quarterback more than they need a cornerback, an offensive guard or a defensive tackle, and they need a cornerback, an offensive guard and a defensive tackle.
But how are they going to draft a quarterback? They're not going to invest the No. 1 pick in the draft on one, not with Andrew Luck remaining at Stanford. And if they take a quarterback in a later round, where do they stash him?
The Panthers have to add a veteran. I wonder if David Garrard, the Jacksonville quarterback out of East Carolina, is available. He would reunite with Mike Shula, his former position coach with the Jaguars who is now Carolina's quarterback coach.
Let's say the Panthers add a veteran and draft a quarterback. They'll keep Jimmy Clausen. What do they do with Tony Pike?
Had the Panthers sent Pike to the practice squad last season, somebody would have grabbed him. A player must dangle 24 hours before he can officialy be dispatched to the practice squad.
Nothing the team has said or done indicates they have given up on Pike. John Fox did. Thus Brian St. Pierre. But I doubt the team has.
The Panthers believe in Clausen long-term. But they do not want to hand him the starting job next season.
They have to have a quarterback. Don't expect him to come via the draft.