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With the #8 pick of the Draft The Panthers Select…

IS the Writing on the Wall?

Mock drafts… Do they really know?

Not really. But I still like to know the opinions and guesses going around the analysts boards. I’ve read them, I’ve listened to them, I’m up to speed.

The Panthers have some of the best scouts in the league, in my opinion, who always seems to throw curve balls and throw everyone around the league into a shocked frenzy (including myself).

I can still remember the baffled look at the 2012 Draft when the Panthers selected Luke August Kuechly with the 9th overall pick. (Did you know his middle name?)

Heads were spinning and the praise began to grow, nevertheless, it was a surprise to the announcers, imo.

It seemed as if there was a moment of silence, the announcers were caught off guard, before they began to speak highly of young Luke’s abilities.

Fastforward from 2012…to 2013, doubled up with DT’s (Star &  Short), 2014 (K.B)

In 2015‘s NFL Draft–Pick 25

Remember who announced the pick? You got it. Thomas Davis. The pick? Defense. LB Shaq Thompson.

TD also announced CB Daryl Worley in the Third-round.

Who’s announcing the 1st round, #8th pick in this year’s draft? You guessed it. TD.

Do I have a point? If history has anything to do with it, maybe. Not convinced? Yeah, me neither but…

In 2016‘s NFL Draft Rd. 2 Pk 62… Who made the announcement? None other than CB Chris Gamble.

Who did the Panthers select? CB James Bradberry.

IS the Writing on the Wall?

You decide.

In poker its best to not show your hand. I think teams in the NFL would love to know who the other teams are drafting. They can have the same, if not more, sources a their disposal as the rest of us (that’s what they get paid for as scouts and insiders in the league).

So what do you do, imo? You do the bait and switch. You are allowed to have 30 visits, where you can get to know those players who you think may fit well for your team (you wont draft all 30 players). This can be used as a disguise to “protect your hand.”

Interviews/ Pre-Draft Press Conference— how much can you read into them and what does the GM want the rest of the league to read into them?

GM Dave Gettleman, has been around long enough, 30 years? He’s got a mean poker face, but remember, he loves hogmollies.

Do I think he’ll use #8 on a RB, not really. I was for a RB last year in my prediction that it was a good time to grab one. My reasoning has changed since then, and the Panthers, as you know, did not select a RB. (Btw, they did bring in and workout RB Derrick Henry)

If you’ve read this far you may be curious to who, I think, they may draft.

Thomas Davis announcement, to me, equates a defensive pick, but I could be wrong.

Who would I like to see the Panthers pick? I think you could get more value at a top DE.

Gettleman’s philosophy: BPA (Best player available) so…it all depends on the board.

BUT wasn’t the difference maker that changed the game in (the game that shall not be mentioned) Superbowl?

Von Miller?

The Panthers decided to part ways with DE Kony Ealy, he never arrived at the level the Panthers had hoped.

This year they bring back the veteran presence at DE with wide acclaimed, Julius Peppers. Who better to show a rookie the ropes, then Pep?

Who will be the best fit for the Panthers at #8 when it comes time for the Panthers to pick?

I’m going with another Derek (went with Derrick Henry last year).

This year I am selecting Tenessee’s Derek Barnett (DE).

6-3, 265 defensive linemen who set Tennessee’s all-time career sacks record of 33.

Barnett is intriguing, not just because of his stats but that he puts in the work. He has a desire to lead a defense and win a Superbowl.

So does this year’s defense for The Panthers. In the words of Capt. Munnerlyn, the “defense is gonna be scary.”

Could Barnett be part of the equation to get the Panthers back to the finale and win?

Draft: 8PM, Thursday night, 4/27

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