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Needs: QB, DT, WR, TE
The Panthers needed Andrew Luck, and I for one wish that they had could have gotten him. Not because I am a Panthers fan, but because poor Steve Smith has been languishing for the last few years. Number 89 is probably sitting somewhere right now, polishing his gun, muttering under his breath… “I miss Jake Delhomme..I actually miss Jake mother f*#@*ng Delhomme.” I like Smith, he is a scrappy and fun to watch. As a football fan I would rather see him catching passes from an actual NFL Quarterback than spending 15-20 in a county lockup after he kills Jimmy Claussen for overthrowing him 66 times in a row.
Sadly for Steve Smith, the Panthers won’t have the chance to draft Luck. Instead, they will choose between from a group of defensive players. Marcel Dareus, DT from Alabama, Nick Fairey, DT from Auburn, DE Da’Quan Bowers from Clemson, and Patrick Peterson, CB from LSU, or QBs Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton.
Corey’ s Pick: Cam Newton, QB Auburn. I think Marcel Dareus, who wreaks havoc in the middle, is a better fit for the Panthers, who need to shore up their run defense, than Da’Quan Bowers or Patrick Peterson. Dareus has really come on strong and has jumped over Nick Fairley in recent weeks. Fairley was impressive at the combine but came in smaller than most people expected and has seen his stock drop a bit. With all of that said, Cam Newton is a name. And the Panthers need to make a splash this offseason. There should be enough quality defensive players when the Panthers pick in Round 2 to justify taking a QB here. Newton, playing with a father sized chip on his shoulder, should show up ready to work and be named the opening day starter. The more I have thought about it, the more this pick makes sense to me.
Needs: Anyone who can make a tackle.
The Broncos picked an offensive player with their first five picks last year. If not for the Peyton Hillis forBrady Quinn debacle, this would be a team loaded with offensive weapons. I firmly believe that Brian Xander(Broncos GM) had slept with Josh McDaniels’ sister, causing the coach to torpedo his roster. How else do you explain acquiring Brady Quinn on purpose?
As is, they are solid on the offensive side of the ball. I don’t believe in Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow, but it seems that the Broncos do. The defense, well that’s a different story all together. They were beaten to death with their own shoes week in and week out last year. Giving up almost 30 points and 400 yards a game. Until they resigned Champ Bailey,I could have seen them going with CB Patrick Peterson from LSU, but now a DE seems like the best pick.
Corey’s Pick: Da’Quan Bowers, DE Clemson. Pairing Bowers with a healthy Elvis Dumerville gives the Broncos their own version of Freeney and Mathis. They play against the Chargers twice a year, and will see Brady andManning, so they need to be able to pressure the quarterback.
Needs: QB, OL, DT
The good news is that the Bills ranked 3rd against the pass last year. The bad news is that they ranked near the bottom of everything else. The best available players are likely to be DT Marcel Dareus and Patrick Peterson, who is, you guessed it Bills fans, a corner back. The one position you don’t need a major upgrade at.
The Bills are on record as saying that they will not pick a quarterback, believing they can win with Ryan Fitzpatrick. I do not believe that. However I do believe in the Bills track record of not drafting well. Last year they picked speedster CJ Spiller, not considering how an undersized rookie running back would find holes behind a shoddy offensive line. Last year’s draft was filled with skilled offensive linemen. Including Maurkice Pouncey and Brian Bulaga, both still available when the Bills selected Spiller, who helped their respective teams make the Super Bowl.
A once in a generation talent like Peterson, or a beast like Marcel Dareus, should be be too good to pass up on here. They have been working out potential QBs recently. including Cam Newton,so maybe they aren’t as sold on Fitzpatrick as they would have us believe. Still I believe they go defense here.
Corey’s Pick: Marcel Dareus, DT Alabama.If they are sold on Ryan Fitzpatrick, and since there are not too many options worth a top 3 pick at OL, then they need to continue building a good defense. Dareus has shown the ability to dominate the line of scrimmage and will immediate improve the Bills rush defense. He should also help keep the other team out of the end zone after the turnovers and three and outs.
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