Oct 27, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Chance Warmack (65) lines up to block during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers Own Pick 14 - 2013 Official NFL Draft Order

With the unlikely NFC East champion Washington Redskins’ victory last night over the Dallas Cowboys, the 2013 NFL draft order is all set:

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14) .516 Strength of Schedule
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) .539
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) .469
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12) .508
5. Detroit Lions (4-12) .566
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11) .508
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11) .559
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10) .480
9. New York Jets (6-10) .512
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10) .512
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9) .457
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9) .500
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) .502
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9) .516
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9) .522
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) .537
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) .465
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) .515
19. New York Giants (9-7) .522
20. Chicago Bears (10-6) .514

Picks 21-32 will be determined by playoff performance in the coming weeks. As it stands now:

21. St. Louis Rams (through Washington) (10-6) .496
22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) .518
23. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) .437
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) .441
25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) .506
26. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) .496
27. Green Bay Packers (11-5) .508
28. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) .504
29. Houston Texans (12-4) .496
30. New England Patriots (12-4) .496
31. Denver Broncos (13-3) .457
32. Atlanta Falcons (13-3) .421

Panthers’ fans: The Panthers were looking at about #5 overall a month ago, but their strong finish pushed them down to fourteenth. This could be a blessing in disguise, depending upon their 2013 GM. Personally, I was thinking since they’ve had big issues with their offensive line, especially the play in the interior with OR without Ryan Kalil, they might look at Alabama guard Chance Warmack but #4 or #5 would be uncharacteristically high to draft a guard. Remember the 2012 draft where interior offensive linemen, and frankly ALL offensive linemen, slid down the draft board. The Pittsburgh Steelers had a gift fall into their lap in the form of Stanford’s guard, David DeCastro, who wound up on Injured Reserve after a severe knee injury late in the preseason. If memory serves, he was drafted #24 overall.

Chance Warmack might be available at #14 overall should the Panthers decide to go that route, and #14 would not be “too high” to take an interior offensive lineman. Click on the link above to check out his college career. ESPN’s college analyst Todd McShay says Warmack is “the best guard prospect I’ve seen in at least a decade, possibly ever.”

Miami Dolphin center Mike Pouncey was drafted either #14 or #15 overall a couple of years ago as I recall and the question arose then about having drafted him too high or not. It turns out not, as he has grown into his potential and is one of the best centers in the NFL although his brother, Maurkice, made the Pro Bowl with the Steelers and Houston’s Chris Myers is the backup for the 2013 Pro Bowl. Rule #1 in GM-ing: You cannot “whiff” your first-round pick, period.

It may be a case of “best player available” drafting if the Panthers take the 6’3″ 320 pound Warmack – if he’s still available. I think teams are going to be more willing to draft that way if the player fits anywhere close to team needs, and the Panthers could use an upgrade at one of the guard spots given the injuries and uneven play overall in 2012.

When you have a chance to draft such a highly-touted prospect that has “perennial Pro-Bowler” stamped all over him, you grab him.

Otherwise, Warmack could be the first interior offensive lineman drafted in the top-ten in a long, long time.

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