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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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