Why you should expect the Carolina Panthers to make a draft day trade.
In two weeks the newest members of the National Football League will hear their names called from the podium when the first-round of the draft gets underway. The Carolina Panthers currently own pick No. 16 overall, as teams employ different strategies in an attempt to construct a championship roster and fill any vacancies created during the offseason over the course of three days.
In order to execute their respective plans, trade possibilities become increasingly important. Need a player the team fears won’t be available when originally scheduled to be on the clock? Trade away a pick or two and move up. If a team believes they can still get a specific target and more picks, they may move down in an effort to acquire both. Every team faces different situations and typically only when both feel they are getting a bargain do trades happen.
General manager Marty Hurney has historically been prone to accomplishing such deals. It may not always work in the favor of Carolina, but odds are another draft day trade is forthcoming. During his previous tenure as GM, in charge of 11 drafts, Hurney completed a trade in each except for one (2011).
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Hurney continued the trend last season, making two different moves in opposite directions. Initially, the Panthers made a trade with the Green Bay Packers, dropping down from pick No. 88 in exchange for No. 101 and 147 before another deal pushed them back up. Following, Hurney dealt No. 147 and 197 to the Los Angeles Rams in order to get No. 136 overall.
Ultimately, the two trades resulted in Carolina getting tight end Ian Thomas (No. 101) and defensive end Marquis Haynes (No. 136) – two prospects who seemingly peaked the interest of fans and coaches during their first season.
Currently the owners of seven different selections with a majority occurring toward the middle of each round, Hurney and the Panthers should have plenty of chances for making deals this year as well.
The NFL Draft takes place April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee.