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Panthers go Running Back; Grab Stewart with 13th Pick

Stewart

Kind of a head scratcher, but the Panthers feel like they need playmakers on offense, so they went with a running back on Saturday in the first round, taking running back Jonathan Stewart from Oregon.  5-10, 235 pounds, Stewart is a very good athlete, and can break tackles and wear down defenses.  He does have some injury concerns, but if he pans out, can be a solid 1-2 punch with DeAngelo Williams.

Here is a scouting report on  from NFLdraftcountdown.com

Strengths:
A great athlete…Has outstanding size and a thick build..Excellent speed and good quickness…Very strong…Runs hard and with great power..He attacks the line and gets upfield in a hurry…Patient runner with great vision…Nice balance and change of direction skills…Big play threat who can take it the distance…Has terrific hands and can catch the ball out of the backfield…Solid blocker…Tough…Doesn’t have a lot of mileage on his tires…Hard worker with great intangibles…Also a return man.

Weaknesses:
Has battled a lot of minor injuries and durability is a concern…Doesn’t have much wiggle and is not overly explosive…Did his damage in a spread offense…Does not always play up to his timed speed..Carried the load for just one season in college.

Notes:
One of the nation’s premier recruits coming out of high school…Ankle injuries have been a continuing problem for him…Led the country in kickoff returns ( 33.7 avg. ) as a true freshman…Multi-dimensional and versatile with a rare blend of size and speed…Can be one of the best running backs in the league if he can stay healthy.

And here is ESPN’s take on Stewart:

Carolina still has a need at offensive tackle so it wouldn’t have surprised us if the Panthers had taken one here. However, their second most pressing need, in our opinion, is running back. Stewart’s stock dropped because of a toe injury that required surgery; it is one of a few nagging injuries he’s endured during his career. His stock has really bounced back recently as he will likely be ready for training camp. He’s a power back who can pick up the tough yards between the tackles and has the burst to go the distance when he gets into the open field.


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