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Monday, March 31, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
PantherNation has spoken and Brandin Cooks is our choice for Pick #28 in the upcoming Draft on May 8. The voting was close, and certainly some will stomp their feet wishing we picked their guy. But all of PantherNation is smarter than anyone of us. So let’s take a deeper look and see why PantherNation chose Cooks. We all know that we were 29th in passing last year, and that we lost our deep threat and punt returner in Ted Ginn, Jr. Oh yea, we also lost our #1 Receiver in Steve Smith. Cooks would immediately fill all of these roles. He would be the #1 Receiver by default and with his 4.33 speed, he would be the one to take the top off the defense along with being an explosive punt returner. Still not convinced? True, there are a lot of other good options at 28. A lot of other players are explosive too. So why this guy? Here is why I like the pick: Brandin Cooks loves both football and what it can mean to his family. He lost his father when he was only six years old and that had a dramatic impact on him and his siblings. All of this motivates this young man to be the best. Read this article by the Oregonian to get a better idea of where this kid comes from and why he will be successful.
This guy will make you get you out of your chair and I’m proud of PantherNation for making this selection.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Brandon Thomas, Clemson LT.
We've all heard of Clemson University's Sammy Watkins of course. He's considered the top prospect in the entire nation at wide receiver and in a class replete with talent at the position. He and in-state rival Jadeveon Clowney get all the (non-quarterback) press, and frankly it's unusual for the state of South Carolina to have so much attention on multiple kids heading into the draft.
Monday, March 24, 2014
RD 1: Panther Fans on the Clock
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Drafttek.com has just updated their player ratings so I thought I would go check out what they have for their latest "Big Board" and their projections for the Carolina Panthers in the draft.
First, here's their top ten - for what it's worth - since several top teams (like the Rams) are shopping their high pick in this deep, deep draft:
2) St. Louis Rams - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
3) Jacksonville Jaguars - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
4) Cleveland Browns - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
5) Oakland Raiders - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
6) Atlanta Falcons - Jake Matthews, OT, TAMU
7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (??)
8) Minnesota Vikings - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
9) Buffalo Bills - Mike Evans, WR, TAMU
10) Detroit Lions - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Do you want your voice to be heard when it comes to the draft? Are you worried Dave Gettleman has pulled a Tedd Ginn and dropped the ball? Carolinacatchronicles.com is giving you a chance to voice your opnion to Dave Gettleman and the Carolina Panthers!
General Manager David Gettleman has literally cleaned house of any productive WRs Carolina had on an already thin roster due to free agency, age, and/or salary cap issues. Take your pick, but it still remains a team that is totally bereft of talented targets at WR for Cam to throw to. Yes, sure handed Greg Olson remains, but he's a tight end that always wears his Sunday snowshoes.
The other concern is the retirement of Pro Bowl LT Jordan Gross and the continued issues of RT Byron Bell being an inept pass-blocker. While Bell is a class act and a good run-blocker, that's only half the game. Besides, Tim Tebow is a "class act" and where is HE now?
Prepping for the upcoming 2014 draft, C-cubed will conduct a series of polls for you, the fans, to voice your opinion concerning the position you want Carolina to draft in 2014. Using those results, we'll try to hone-in on some likely targets for that respective round. So get ready, your fantasy draft just got real. You'll pick the positions, and the players, and we will then grade that draft pick with an in depth draft profile and assessment.
Our current poll asks: which position we should draft in the first round? - OT, WR, or CB. When the results are in, we will next provide a list 5 players at that particular position that we feel have a decent chance of still being on the draft board when Carolina picks. You'll then pick the player who the Carolina Panthers should draft.
What position will the Panthers draft 1st?
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Let’s be real though, this isn’t like cutting a journeyman player like Gerald Wallace. Sure the guy is talented, and I’m not trying to trash on him, but he’s no Steve Smith.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
I'm showing you TWO drafts, and here are the URLs:
My hand-drafted Panthers draft: http://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/draft.php?d=gteaiv
Just to be clear, here are our "need" positions in order of need:
1 - left tackle
2 - wide receiver
3 - right tackle
4 - cornerback
5 - wide receiver (yeah, another one)
6 - guard, depending on Edmund Kugbila's status
7 - free safety
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Today is March 11th, 2014, and two major events are merging in a semi-perfect storm.
First, it's the opening of free agency in the NFL. Names will be flying off the list to new teams while others wait. It's only a little bit like draft day because here, it's the "rich" that get what they want, and sometimes what they hadn't bargained for good or bad, and not in reverse order of their finish in the standings.
Oh - the other major event is that it's my 47th birthday. For you fans, your present is the wonderment of the wire whisk churning up league rosters. Good luck trying to keep track of it, even when the season starts. It's hard enough for us who are actually playing close attention to keep up, so my gift to you fans today is chaos.
Welcome to my life!
Every season, the names change but the basics stay the same, pretty much. No, there's no Peyton Manning free agency tour. No "surprise" visits from GMs...Manning doesn't like surprises and, in fact, didn't bother to meet with Pete Carroll on his "surprise" plane trip and visit two years ago.
Really makes you wonder how history might be different if Manning had become a Seahawk. Would that have guaranteed a Broncos' victory last month? I know. Ouch!
The now not-so-new CBA is in its third year as incoming rookies all get paid based solely on their draft position and not the Sam Bradford-style megacontracts that made no sense at all to pay to kids often not old enough to legally drink, but supposedly could be trusted to actually TRY to work after being guaranteed an eight-figure income.
Talk about a recipe for disaster...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Tuesday (3/11) @10 PM
The crew will look into the NFC division at the close of the first day of NFL free agency to see what what the Panthers will have to do to repeat as NFC Champions. We will talk Steve Smith's status and future in the NFL, Lovie Smith and the Bucs, Clowney and the Falcons, Graham and the Saints and much more related to free agency and the NFL draft.
Monday, March 10, 2014
With the NFL Combine already behind us, professional teams are starting to evaluate this upcoming draft class. They are trying to determine who will make the cut and benefit the team in the next season.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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It all comes back to the Wonderlic I guess in the end. Did Claiborne get caught up in the hype and glamor of 2012 draft and simply blow off the Wonderlic test entirely, or is he functionally illiterate? I’m not sure if it should qualify as a smart trade for the Panthers, but you would think it would have to be a least a 15 out of 50 type move.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
think that one worked out just as planned. He's a young, physical player with incredible athletic talents and evolved into an "enforcer" on the back end of the defense last year - something the Panthers otherwise lacked.