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Similarity reigns for Panthers at top pick

Posted on: January 8, 2011 12:20 am
Edited on: January 8, 2011 9:45 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Off-field issues WILL be a problem for a Carolina Panthers team during the draft, even though they are in desperate need of better quarterback play.

Jerry Richardson lamented the play from under center Friday, and with good reason -- Jimmy Clausen was terrible in 2010. But for as bad as he was, he didn't do anything that could cause drama off the field, which is a potential problem for Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett.

Newton's problems are obvious and not necessarily an indictment of the potential championship-winning quarterback. It's just obvious that he has some baggage coming with him.

And the NFL Network's Albert Breer cited sources Friday that indicated there were concerns with Mallett off the field as well.

Those issues will stop Richardson and Panthers GM Marty Hurney from drafting either player, period. They don't like messing with guys that have off-field issues, and they certainly won't pull the trigger on a "franchise quarterback" with potential long-term problems.

Even if that wasn't an issue, though, let's take a look at the last time the Panthers were hiring a head coach. Conveniently, they also had a top-five draft pick that year and, if you'll recall, they took defensive end Julius Peppers.

That's because the team needed defensive help, they'd just hired a defensive-minded coach, Peppers was a stud, and he had a little bit of local drawing power. Some of this already sounds familiar, since Carolina appears to be interviewing only defensive-minded guys.

Now, Da'Quan Bowers might not be a Carolina graduate, and he might not be from North Carolina, but Bamberg, SC (his hometown) is less than three hours south of Charlotte and Clemson University (and their fanbase) is even closer. Bowers is a clear-cut defensive stud and while Charles Johnson had a monster year, he might not exactly be cheap to re-sign.

All of that is to say, for those that want to quickly elevate another quarterback to the top spot in the 2011 NFL Draft simply because Andrew Luck is no longer available, well, it might be wise to heed the old tale about the past teaching us a lesson for the future.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Similarity reigns for Panthers at top pick

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Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2011 8:22 pm

Similarity reigns for Panthers at top pick

I agree with the poster who mentioned that Carolina can assess their QB issues through Free Agency as opposed to the draft.  Kevin Kolb or Vince Young would at the very least help to motivate Clausen into playing better (hopefully) and if not then they are serviceable starters.  Carolina has defensive problems at this point and are on the verge of hiring San Diego DC Ron Rivera as their next head coach.  If Rivera comes on board I would expect the majority of Panthers picks to be spent on shoring up the D.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 2:30 pm

Similarity reigns for Panthers at top pick

Cool to disagree.

I own 8 season tickets and winning, in my opinion, is the only thing that helps sales of any type. I could care less where someone went to college at. I don't thinki we sold a lot of Armanti Edward jersey last year but we did lose a lot and people really complained about the pick of a hometown hero.

Winning is what matters in thsi business.

Once again, jusy an opinion.

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 2:24 pm

Similarity reigns for Panthers at top pick

NFL isn't just a sport is a business.  Having a hometown hero helps draw more fan support and excitement for the team.  This means more Jersey sales and help sells tickets in turn more money for the owners.  Sorry but I don't agree that a hometown hero doesn't mean anything to drafting a player because it definitely can.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:42 pm

Similarity reigns for Panthers at top pick

What a stupid article. To even mention Clemson's fan base as a reason to draft someone #1 is just plain stupid. If he is the best player and is needed the most then go for it, if not then don't.

Clemson fans, and they are good ones, didn't even show up in numbers for their bowl game here, plus most PSL owners are not Tiger fans, even if that would make a difference because it doesn't.

I mean this with no disrespect to Clemson fans, they are great college football fans, just don't have anything to do with who one drafts.

Go Panthers.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:19 pm

Similarity reigns for Panthers at top pick

There'll be a couple of decent QB's on the market if Carolina can/want to swing a deal. Kevin Kolb over in Philly is not happy as back-up and the immature but talented Vince Young will likely be available - He has something to prove which might be a great motivating factor - then again I'll admit that this is a coin toss (meaning a 50-50 proposition -- could be awesome, could flop) Still, he would be better than the guy(s) they've got and worth taking a chance on.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:18 am

Similarity reigns for Panthers at top pick

You mean the guys on Carolina, right?  Because Luck is obvious starting QB material.  He's as close to a can't miss as you can get number one overall.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 6:55 am

Similarity reigns for Panthers at top pick

We need a damn coach first people!

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