The Panthers needs and ability to fill them are somewhat clear now. Some players have moved up, but some moved down due to their combine performances. Some made such an impact that it vaulted them to the first round. Some were just names on a list last week, but we surely know them now which caused some to move down solely because they didn’t do all the drills choosing to wait on their pro days. However, they may very well move back up then. Let’s look at some of those players.
Cordy Glenn OG/OT Georgia – A week ago he was a late 2nd early 3rd round pick. He’s now showing around 9th or 10th pick on some mock drafts with 31 reps and a 5.15 in the 40 dash. Two years ago he played OT and was moved to OG last year. Teams see him as more of a tackle.
Dontari Poe NT – Early 2nd round last week jumping as high as 9th. Awesome numbers 44 reps and 4.98 in the 40. Other skills were just as impressive where he led most categories for defensive tackles.
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech – A real sleeper due to the offensive system he played in and getting few throws with only 28 catches. One of the fastest players at the Combine with 4.36 in the 40, 39.5 vertical and 11.1 broad jump, all were best of the receivers. He’s was a late 2nd early 3rd now jumping to late top 10.
Chris Givens WR Wake Forest – Another sleeper originally 3rd to 4th round, now late 1st early 2nd round with 4.41 in the 40, 14 reps and 32.5 vertical.
Malcolm Floyd WR Notre Dame – We know Floyd was a mid 1st rounder, but has jumped as high as a 4th pick on some boards. Most teams have moved him ahead of Blackmon. His numbers are 4,47 in the 40, 36.5 vertical, 16 reps and 10.2 broad jump.
Nick Perry USC DE – Another defensive tackle that is taking a huge jump slot wise. He had impressive numbers in all skills coming very close to Poe’s with 4.64 in the 40, 35 reps, 38.5 vertical and 10.4 in the broad jump. He can be moved to outside line backer.
Melvin Ingram DE S. Carolina – He been slotted around 15 to 20 and is now 10 to 14. Some teams are projecting him with outside line backers skills. His numbers are 4.79 in the 40, 34.5 vertical and 28 reps.
Stephon Gilmore CB S. Carolina – Another mid 2nd early 3rd putting up big numbers with 4.40 in the 40, 36.0 vertical and 15 reps, these numbers moves him into the late 1st round.
Ladarius Green TE Louisana – Lafayette – Everyone’s looking for TE/WR type players and Green was a 4th or 5th rounder a week ago. How high he goes depends on where Dwayne Allen – Clemson, Coby Fleener – Stanford or Orson Charles – Georgia lands. All put up outstanding numbers. His numbers are fast for TE’s, 4.53 in the 40, 16 reps, 34.5 vertical and10.4 in the broad jump. However, he does need to improve on his blocking skills.
Then we have the reverse where players that were slotted as a top 10 pick such as Michael Brockers DT LSU stumble at almost every skill and have slipped to a mid 1st early 2nd rounder.
So how does this affect the Panthers? A week ago many mock drafts had the Panthers taking Brockers at 9. Today there’s the possibility of moving down where he would still be available or staying at 9 and going for a corner, offensive tackle, or wide receiver. Probable picks at 9 are Morris Claiborne CB LSU, Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama, Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State, Cordy Glenn OT Georgia or Jon Martin OT Stanford and a number of the players listed earlier. The reason for mentioning Blackmon here is if he isn’t drafted by the 6th pick he will probably drop to 9th.
So here’s my top 10 picks if the draft was today.
1.Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck QB Stanford.
2.Trade – St Louis trades down to 6th with Washington. Washington chooses Robert Griffin III QB Houston.
3.Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil OT USC.
4.Cleveland – Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A & M or Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State.
5.Tampa – Trent Richardson RB Alabama or Morris Clairborne CB LSU.
6.Trade – Washington trades up to 2nd. St. Louis chooses Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State or Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech.
7.Jacksonville –Quinton Coples DE UNC.
8.Miami – Reily Reiff, OT Iowa.
9.Carolina -Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama or Dontari Poe DT Memphis
10.Buffalo – Melvin Ingram DE S. Carolina.