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Panthers Move Back into the First Round to Take OT Otah

Otah

If you were wondering the Panthers thought process in taking a running back with the 13th pick, it may have made a lot more sense when the team moved up in the first round to take tackle Jeff Otah with the 19th pick in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.  Otah is a massive guy that can do a lot of good on the Panthers line.  He was the last first-round worthy tackle, and he has the size to make a big impact on the teams line.

Here is a scouting report on Otah from NFLdraftcountdown.com

Strengths:
Has outstanding size with a huge frame and long arms…Great athlete with terrific quickness…Very light on his feet…Extremely strong and powerful…Is physical and aggressive…Mobile with nice range…Has a good initial punch..Shows the ability to recover when beat…Offers some versatility…Still improving and has major upside.

Weaknesses:
Very raw and might be a bit of a project…Has some trouble with quickness…Hand use is sub par…Does not always play with proper leverage…He needs to work on getting in better shape…Work ethic and desire have been questioned…Has some trouble with power…Only has two years of experience against top DI competition.

Notes:
Native of Nigeria…Didn’t start playing football until his final year in high school…A JUCO transfer who spent two years at Valley Forge Military Academy…A potential left tackle and that’s where he played in college but could also project to the right side as well…An excellent physical specimen who is already a great player but still oozes potential…Might just have a higher upside than any o-linemen in this draft.

And here is ESPN’s take on Otah:

Trading back up to get Otah makes sense for the Panthers. The other five tackles who were projected to go in the first round all have been selected. Otah lacks ideal athletic ability and needs running back or tight end help at times in pass protection. Still, he has excellent size and is a fierce competitor who excels at driving defenders off the ball.


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