Panthers try the trade route again

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--The Panthers have had mixed results trading future picks, but did it once again to get back-to-back choices in the fourth round. They gave up next year's third-rounder, along with a sixth to move to 103. Along with their own 104th pick, they chose defensive end Frank Alexander and wide receiver/punt returner Joe Adams.

Using a future first to get tackle Jeff Otah helped them with 12 games in 2008, but he's seemingly been hurt ever since (playing four games the last two seasons). Similar deals for defensive end Everette Brown (who cost them a 2010 first) and wide receiver Armanti Edwards (a 2011 second) backfired without any payoff.

--Taking Adams to return punts puts Edwards on the spot. The former FCS quarterback was given time to develop, but he'll have to earn a spot as a receiver. After Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and David Gettis, along with Adams and Kealoha Pilares, there's at most one roster spot left. Edwards will be fighting Seyi Ajirotutu and Darvin Adams for that job, if they keep six wideouts.

--Alexander didn't work out at the Combine because of concerns he might have a hole his heart, but has since been cleared.

"The doctor told me that he thought I had a hole but that he wasn't 100 percent sure, so he wanted me to get opinions from other doctors," Alexander said. "It was a hurtful experience to make it to the Combine and to be told that you can't compete. For a competitor, that's a hard deal. I just gave it up to God, and I knew he was going to work it out for me.

"I got four different opinions after I left the Combine, and they didn't see a hole. They said my heart was healthy, that it was just a misread test."

--The Panthers used the final pick of the sixth round on Wisconsin punter Brad Nortman. He has an excellent chance for now, since he's the only punter on the roster.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"When you put on the tape, you can just see. He puts a lot of opponents on the ground. Everything you heard about the guy was positive. When you look at somebody and you're trying to evaluate somebody playing at a Division II level, you look at him to dominate his competition and that's exactly what he does. He has that temperament." - General manager Marty Hurney on second-round guard Amini Silatolu, who will have a chance to win the starting left-guard job in training camp.

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