Gettleman has never drafted this high after joining the Panthers. His record in the first three rounds is pretty good. Many pundits think his move with Ealy is mere positioning for a move back into the first round.
Personally, I don't see it. We have many guys on the team on one year deals and have lost quality back ups via FA, and trades.
As of today, we can use a RB, RT, DE, LB, WR, S and depending on Short situation, another DT. More picks, rather than less would be the road I would travel.
Just noticed that AP has sort of come out of the closet recently. He pretty much put the rumors to rest, IF you can believe what he has to say.
Given our current situation and the propensity of opinion that says Fournette will be gone by #8..(and Cook is a no-deal type...)...........
Who here would like to see AP as a Panther on a one or maybe two year deal.???
Here is a direct quote from AP himself: (as shown on ESPN website...)
NEVERMIND... File too big to attach... I will quote it instead.
adrianpeterson....YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD
*** NOTE.. All emphasis, caps, spelling, punctuation is from the original...
He's a Miami Hurricane Alum, and he has ties to Greg Olsen. Could it be a sign of things to come, or could it be smoke and mirrors?
The Carolina Panthers have an athletic, pass-catching tight end at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday – not named Greg Olsen.
But former Miami tight end David Njoku, who indicated on the Rich Eisen Show he was visiting the Panthers on Thursday, has ties to Olsen.
Both starred for the Hurricanes and spoke at the combine last month when Olsen was in Indianapolis breaking down the tight ends for NFL Network.
“He’s a great mentor of mine,” Njoku told Eisen on Wednesday. “He’s a great guy. I’ve known him for a while. He’s really good.”
Olsen could be mentoring his successor if the Panthers decide to draft the 6-4, 246-pound Njoku, who’s a first-round prospect.
In fact, draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared Njoku to Olsen in his combine bio for NFL.com, calling Njoku an “ascending pass catching talent with elite athleticism and enough fight in his run blocking to believe that he can be lined up anywhere on the field at any time.”
Several prognosticators in recent weeks have linked the Panthers to Alabama’s O.J. Howard, the top-rated tight end ahead of Njoku by most draft experts.
But Njoku, who’s only 20, is an intriguing prospect for a Panthers team that wants to evolve its offense to take some of the hits off quarterback Cam Newton.
Njoku, who is of Nigerian descent, was a receiver and national high jump champion at his New Jersey high school who started only nine games in two seasons at Miami. He pulled down 21 passes for 362 yards and a TD last season as a redshirt sophomore while leading the Hurricanes with an average of 17.2 yards per catch.
And the fact that the Panthers used one of their 30 pre-draft visits on Njoku – and are not known to have done so yet for Howard – makes Njoku someone to watch closely over the next month.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that quarterback Cam Newton, wide receiver Damiere Byrd and defensive end Charles Johnson will be sidelined as a result of offseason surgeries.
Here’s a look at how that news will impact the Panthers as the offseason moves forward.
Quarterback: Shoulder surgery will force Newton to miss OTAs and minicamp, but he’ll be working hard to condition and rehab for training camp. He’ll be active and involved with meetings and mental reps as the Panthers begin implementing an offensive plan for the 2017 season.
Backup quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Joe Webb have been through something like this before. Ahead of the 2014 season, when Newton underwent ankle surgery, Anderson and Webb were counted on for increased roles throughout the offseason practices. They have nine years of combined experience in Carolina, and everyone involved will feel comfortable with them in Newton’s absence.
Wide receiver: As you might recall, Byrd was one of the top performers during minicamps and OTAs last time around. He carried that momentum into training camp and earned a spot on the original 53-man roster for the first time in his young career. Unfortunately, the 5-foot-9 speedster won’t have the same opportunity to impress in 2017. But once he recovers from knee surgery, Byrd will get a chance to compete for the slot role – a position the Panthers are eager to highlight.
While Byrd is out, it obviously means for reps for others. Newcomers Russell Shepard and Charles Johnson will look to pick up the offense quickly. Brenton Bersin, Keyarris Garrett and Mose Frazier know they’ll have to take advantage of every rep they get.
Defensive end: The Panthers have been careful not to overextend Johnson during practice for the past couple seasons. Now that the 11th-year veteran has undergone back surgery, he’ll miss spring practices altogether. It’s certainly not ideal, but Johnson is a worker, and he knows what it will take to get himself ready for another productive season.
A lingering question, especially after the Panthers elected to trade Kony Ealy to New England and Johnson’s surgery, is will Carolina now take a harder look at defensive ends in the first or second round of the upcoming draft? It’s a reasonable suggestion. But it’s important to remember that general manager Dave Gettleman is going to thoroughly vet defensive linemen prior to each and every draft – regardless of what the Panthers depth chart looks like. In the NFL, it’s often said you can never have too many pass rushers. Affecting opposing quarterbacks has always been a clearly stated priority for Gettleman, and there are several talented defensive ends that will no doubt draw interest as we approach draft day.