With the Thirteenth Pick in the NFL Draft…

jonathanstewart.jpgOh, the humanity!  Finally, the Carolina Panthers were on the clock!  I could hardly contain my excitement!  I was sweating profusely!  My heart rate was up to about 250 bpm.

Maybe this was too much to take.  Maybe it was some bad chicken salad I had earlier in the day.

There were a bunch of guys at a big desk on TV discussing what the Panthers should do.  And then the pick came in…

Jonathan Stewart – RB, Oregon, 5’10″, 235 lbs.

This is a shock!  Our Panthers haven’t made a habit of using first-round picks on skill-position players.  But here they get a guy that can fill the role of bruiser from the backfield.  Is he the next Stephen Davis?  We’ll know soon enough.

He’s a very fast guy to be as big and muscular as he is – he ran a 4.48 – 40 at the Combine.

The big question for Stewart is whether or not his toe injury has healed.  He had turf toe that was surgically repaired this winter.

Interesting fact:  This is the second straight year that the Panthers have drafted a player named Jonathan in the first round.  (see Jonathan Beason in 2007)

Here are some scouting reports:

NFL.com

Draft Countdown

Fantasy Football Toolbox

Draft.com

Oh, by the way, I now hate the Broncos!  They took our guy – Ryan Clady!  I hate the Broncos so now I have to go to Colorado to picket their offices!

Topics: Carolina Panthers, First-Round Pick, Jonathan Stewart, NFL Draft

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  • Danny

    I THINK THIS WAS A GREAT PICK I WAS excitement! TOO LOL

  • John White

    I like the kid.  The team had some inside info on him – they work with the same doctor who performed the surgery on Stewart’s injured toe.

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  • Walker

    I don’t understand why you don’t pick Mendenhall over Stewart.

  • John White

    I sort of wondered the same thing but after I heard how Stewart performed at the Combine to go with his size and power, I was sold on him. I like both players and went back and forth on them but I think Stewart might get a slight edge.

  • Walker

    Really? For some reason I thought that Mendenhall was the consensus number 2 back in the draft, yet Stewart and Felix Jones were picked over him.

  • Walker

    The ESPN analysts just mentioned that Mendenhall was a "beast" and that he would probably have the most success in the NFL.

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