A source of mine was at the Black and Blue Draft Preview Event tonight and Ron Rivera and Dave Gettleman may have tipped their hand in where they’re going in the draft. The term “Hog Molly” has been thrown around a lot by Dave Gettleman of late. It was used again this evening.
Gettleman’s of course referring to offensive or defensive linemen, when he uses “Hog Molly”. It’s been widely speculated that the Carolina Panthers are going to draft a defensive tackle with the number 14 pick. With all of the different needs that the Panthers have, many, including myself, didn’t think that defensive tackle was a sure thing for the Panthers at 14. They could go many different ways depending on who’s there when they pick. However, it appears they are only going one direction.
Gettleman, and the Giants, love defensive linemen. They almost seem to stock pile them like a person building a nuclear fall-out shelter would stock pile non-perishables; just when you thought they had enough, they draft Jason Pierre-Paul, just in case. It’s not like that’s all the Giants draft, but they’ve certainly been made a premium by the organization recently.
As much as I’m against them drafting a defensive tackle at 14 I think that it’s a foregone conclusion that it will happen. They probably have 2-3 guys at DT that they would feel comfortable drafting. There just probably aren’t going to be any offensive linemen at 14 that wouldn’t be a reach. But who knows? Maybe they come out and shock us all by taking DJ Fluker at 14? Doubtful, but he is certainly considered a Hog Molly.
I am certain that the one thing we can count on is that the Panthers will stand pat at 14. “Your board has integrity and you need to stick with your board and your work done,” Gettleman was quoted as saying at the Black and Blue Draft Preview Event. That, to me, all but cements them into picking at 14.
You can sit there and talk about how shrewd and prone to misdirection NFL teams are at draft time, but I can’t help but believe that Gettleman and Co. have their guy at 14 and they are next to certain that they will still be there when they pick. So get the troughs ready. It looks like we’re drafting a big boy tomorrow night.