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Panthers Top prospects for 2014 draft

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Posted: 9/21/2013 6:32 AM

Panthers Top prospects for 2014 draft 


COLLEGE: Texas A&M
AGE: 21
HT: 6-5
WT: 309
POS: OT

GP 2
GS 2

Analysis: The departure of Aggies teammate Luke Joeckel to the NFL draft (No. 2 overall pick, Jacksonville Jaguars) is allowing Matthews to show NFL scouts he can move to the left side and thrive there, and this weekend's showdown against Alabama will provide his first true showcase opportunity of the season. Matthews does an excellent job with his hands in both pass protection and run blocking, and shows good initial pop with the ability to consistently jar defenders. He's a tough, hardworking player who clearly puts in time studying tape and has a nasty side on the field

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Cyrus Kouandjio*
COLLEGE: Alabama
AGE: 20
HT: 6-5
WT: 310
POS: OT

GP 1
GS 1

Analysis: The Crimson Tide offensive line struggled in the opener against Virginia Tech, and although it's hard to pinpoint Kouandjio exactly, because there were clearly some communication issues across the line, his awareness and the consistency of his technique need to get better. I'm expecting big improvement from him against Texas A&M on Saturday, as there's no doubt about his physical tools. Kouandjio has the frame and feet to excel in the NFL. He has excellent range as a run-blocker and the physical tools to be great in pass protection as well, if his technique continues to improve.

Sammy Watkins*
COLLEGE: Clemson
AGE: 20
HT: 6-0
WT: 205
POS: WR

Rec 9
Yds 146
YPC 16.2
TD 1

Analysis: I had an NFL scout tell me that Watkins would have been a first-round pick after his freshman season had he been eligible, but he took a step back as a sophomore. He certainly seemed to have returned to form in Clemson's Week 1 win over Georgia, taking a Tajh Boyd pass over the middle and turning it into a 77-yard touchdown. He has the talent to be a first-rounder if he can stay out of trouble off the field and take better care of his body. He has a prototypical blend of height, weight and top-end speed.

Antonio Richardson*
COLLEGE: Tennessee
AGE: 21
HT: 6-6
WT: 330
POS: OT

GP 2
GS 2

Analysis: Richardson is a massive left tackle who forced 2013 third-round pick Dallas Thomas (Miami Dolphins) inside to guard last season. Richardson is still developing his footwork and hand placement but has the size, natural mobility and strength potential to emerge as a first-round pick in 2014. He and the Vols are traveling west to play Oregon this weekend.

Taylor Lewan
COLLEGE: Michigan
AGE: 22
HT: 6-7
WT: 314
POS: OT

GP 2
GS 2

Analysis: Lewan played a role in the Wolverines' big win over Notre Dame Saturday. It isn't always pretty with him, but he's close to 100 percent effective at executing his blocking assignment. Lewan elected to return to school after a strong junior season (which he capped by battling admirably in a one-on-one matchup versus Clowney in the Capital One Bowl), and he has the potential to improve his stock if he continues to get stronger. He has good feet and technique.

Loucheiz Purifoy*
COLLEGE: Florida
AGE: 20
HT: 6-0
WT: 185
POS: CB

Tkl 3
Sack 0
Int 0

Analysis: Purifoy had the largest drop of any player in these rankings from the start of the season, as he followed up a Week 1 suspension with an inconsistent performance against Miami. We know he's a great athlete (just watch his punt block against the Hurricanes), but my concern is whether he can develop as a cornerback and refine his cover skills and technique at that position (right now, teammate Marcus Roberson is the better cover corner). He has experience at wide receiver, but his NFL value is at cornerback and possibly as a punt-return specialist. He also needs to improve his eye discipline, but he is a fantastic natural athlete with length and top-end speed.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu*
COLLEGE: Oregon
AGE: 20
HT: 5-10
WT: 190
POS: CB

Tkl 11
Sack 0
Int 0

Analysis: Ekpre-Olomu had some trouble versus bigger receivers in 2012, and he can improve his strength. Still, he has very good speed and agility to go with loose hips. He and the Ducks' defense have allowed only 13 points through two games, and face Tennessee this weekend.






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Last edited 9/21/2013 6:37 AM by kepickle

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Posted: 9/21/2013 8:02 AM

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I'd like top WR in round 1 and LT in 2. OG or CB in the third?

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Posted: 9/21/2013 11:52 AM

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Jackofalltrades1977 wrote: I'd like top WR in round 1 and LT in 2. OG or CB in the third?
sounds good but if  the LT is better in the 1st we should go for it but we simple have to many needs to fix them all in the draft ......look at the Falcons & Chiefs & even Saints we should be able to fix this with 1 or 2 seasons & use FA & Draft picks
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Last edited 9/21/2013 11:54 AM by kepickle

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Posted: 9/21/2013 12:18 PM

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Watkins would give you the explosion you lack on offense....


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Posted: 9/21/2013 1:18 PM

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WR in Round 1. We can't roll the dice any longer. We need OL help, but we need a #1 receiver for Cam. Can't hope we find someone in round 2. There is chatter of Hakeem Nicks in FA, and even if that somehow happened, I'd still go receiver in the 1st. Gotta start assuming Smitty could go at any point.
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Posted: 9/21/2013 2:14 PM

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derek carr in the 2nd round. biggrin


I say either hakeem nicks in FA and a LT in the 1st.


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Wr in the 1st and a RT in the second



we could also draft a corner or safety.
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Posted: 9/21/2013 3:40 PM

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Why draft RT? Draft LT and move Gross over with Bell as a back up.

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Posted: 9/21/2013 5:44 PM

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Jackofalltrades1977 wrote: Why draft RT? Draft LT and move Gross over with Bell as a back up.
providing you can get Gross to resign Cheap
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Posted: 9/21/2013 6:01 PM

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He's playing for cheap now.

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Posted: 9/21/2013 7:32 PM

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at this rate we will be in the Running for Clowney. Matthews I like but could also be in good position to pick the WR Matthews in round 2

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Posted: 9/21/2013 9:10 PM

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Why would we want Clowney?

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