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Options for the 9th Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft | Bleacher Report

Carolina Panthers: Options for the 9th Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft | Bleacher Report.

The Carolina Panthers currently own the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and will most likely pick a defensive player with their first selection.

The Panthers need help at all three levels defensively, though the highest-rated defensive player in the draft, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, will likely be snatched up within the first five picks.

That leaves linebacker Luke Kuechly (Boston College) and linebacker/defensive end Quinton Coples (UNC); defensive tackles Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State), Michael Brockers (LSU) and Dontari Poe (Memphis); and cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina), Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama) and Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama via Florida) as potential picks at the nine spot.

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Michael Floyd Visited With the Panthers – Cat Scratch Reader

Michael Floyd Visited With the Panthers – Cat Scratch Reader.

According to sources the Carolina Panthers have visited yet another WR with Michael Floyd of Notre Dame being the latest pass catcher the organization have scrutinized.

Floyd joins Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright as the 3rd WR the Panthers have had visit, as they have now spent three of their 30 allotted visits on the receiver position. While that may seem like a drop in the bucket those thirty visits are spread across all prospects so investing a high portion of them in receivers who could be available at #9 is telling.

My personal opinion is that the Panthers are spending a lot of time seeing if one of these is worth a top ten selection. The organization have never been ones to spend high draft picks on receivers, so taking one would be a sea-change. They would need to be fairly certain they were getting an elite talent to invest that heavily in a receiver. Furthermore, I think this could point to the team not looking at a mid-round WR unless he has KR/PR skills. This makes sense because it’s unlikely they would find upgrades over LaFell and Gettis from the 3rd round on.

When it’s all said and done I have faith in the front office and the process. While I’ll openly admit I think we have bigger fish to fry, if we end up taking Blackmon, Wright or Floyd I’ll be immensely excited because it means the organization feel they have a young receiver to accept the mantle from Steve Smith, and getting Cam a long-term target isn’t a bad thing

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Blackmon good fit for Carolina Panthers in NFL draft | CharlotteObserver.com

Blackmon good fit for Carolina Panthers in NFL draft | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

A year ago I knew by mid-March who the Carolina Panthers would select with the first pick in the NFL draft and said so in my column. If I said I knew who they’d take April 26 I’d be lying.

Panthers never lie. But if they said they knew they’d be stretching the truth in ways it was never intended to go.

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NFC South compensatory picks – NFC South Blog – ESPN

NFC South compensatory picks – NFC South Blog – ESPN.

I just got the compensatory draft picks for the NFC South. Don’t get too excited because the list is short and unimpressive.

The Carolina Panthers have the division’s earliest compensatory pick. They’ve been granted the final pick in the sixth round (No. 207 overall).

The Atlanta Falcons have the 42nd pick in the seventh round. That’s No. 249 overall.

That’s it. The New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were not given any compensatory picks.

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2012 NFL Draft: How Morris Claiborne Can Fall to the Carolina Panthers | Bleacher Report

2012 NFL Draft: How Morris Claiborne Can Fall to the Carolina Panthers | Bleacher Report.

The perfect 2012 NFL draft scenario for the Carolina Panthers would see them grabbing LSU’s Morris Claiborne with the ninth overall selection. Ron Rivera and his coaching staff are in dire need of some kind of big-time presence on defense.

Their two most glaring needs currently lie on the defensive line and in secondary. And being that Claiborne is far and beyond a much better prospect than any defensive lineman, he’s certainly the most coveted prospect on Carolina’s draft board.

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Players Who May Suffer from 2012 NFL Draft | Bleacher Report

Carolina Panthers: Players Who May Suffer from 2012 NFL Draft | Bleacher Report.

Remember back in 2007 when the Carolina Panthers took USC wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett with their second-round pick? (Yeah, I know it’s painful for Panthers fans, but stick with me here.)

And during that very same draft, ESPN had a little guy named Keyshawn Johnson covering the event alongside the likes of Chris Berman and Tom Jackson. Johnson was a member of the Panthers at the time and did commend the team’s front office for making the pick.

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When Will it Become Imperative For the Panthers to Find the Next Smitty? – Cat Scratch Reader

When Will it Become Imperative For the Panthers to Find the Next Smitty? – Cat Scratch Reader.

Earlier today the National Football Post did their draft preview for the Carolina Panthers in which they identified the team’s primary, secondary and tertiary priorities heading into April’s draft. Not surprisingly they highlighted the desperate need for the organization to find a talent upgrade at the defensive tackle position, and to that end single out Michael Brockers and Dontari Poe.

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