2013 NFL Mock Draft: Carolina Panthers Select...

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BTSC user StoneColdSteel has the pick here for Carolina. Do you think this mock draft is breaking favorably or unfavorably so far for the Steelers?

No preamble, we're getting right to it.

With the 14th pick, the Carolina Panthers select Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, University of Tennessee.

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The reason I have Patterson here is because he gives Cam Newton another target and is very versatile. The Panthers old offensive coordinator, Rob Chudzinski, was a pretty innovative offensive mind who really took advantage of Newton's strengths as an athlete by using a lot of read-option and even some triple option (very rarely). Their new OC, Mike Shula, is expected to keep a lot of the concepts that Chudzinski installed for Newton, and it should be an easy transition seeing as he has been Carolina's quarterbacks coach since Newton got drafted. Newton produces big plays quite often, and Patterson can produce those down the field while he learns how to run better routes and Steve Smith works the underneath.

They need a playmaker on the outside next to Smith to make the offense more consistent, not to mention more explosive.-StoneColdSteel

The other reason is obviously because Steve Smith is old. He is still a very effective and fiery player, but clearly not as dominant as he once was. They need a playmaker on the outside next to Smith to make the offense more consistent, not to mention more explosive.

I was tempted to mock Sheldon Richardson here, partly because Steve Smith apparently wanted the team to pick him, and partly because their run defense wasn't all that great last season. But Richardson isn't all that great against the run himself, and Brandon LaFell underwhelmed in his attempt to become the Panthers #2 receiver last season. What better way to improve their receiving corps than to draft Patterson and eventually have Smith transition into the #2?

I also looked into their new GM, Dave Gettleman, and his record of draft picks. This is technically his first "official" GM job, but he was previously Director of Player Personnel with the Giants for more than a decade, and anybody that follows that franchise knows they draft well. Considering the Giants knack for finding quality defensive linemen in FA and later in the draft, I would bet they wait until the 2nd day to target some big guys for their defense.


Team Player Pos School BTSC rep
1 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/KC.png Star Lotulelei DT Utah [Link to pick]
2 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/JAC.png Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon [Link to pick]
3 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/OAK.png Sharrif Floyd DT Florida [Link to pick]
4 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/PHI.png Dee Milliner CB Alabama [Link to pick]
5 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/DET.png Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan [Link to pick]
6 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CLE.png Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M [Link to pick]
7 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/ARI.png Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma [Link to pick]
8 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/BUF.png Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU [Link to pick]
9 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NYJ.png Chance Warmack OG Alabama [Link to pick]
10 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/TEN.png Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina [Link to pick]
11 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/SD.png Tavon Austin WR West Virginia [Link to pick]
12 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/MIA.png Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State [Link to pick]
13 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/TB.png Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU [Link to pick]
14 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CAR.png Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee StoneColdSteel
15 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NO.png


Thoroughbred of Sin
16 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/STL.png


Hines4theHall
17 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/PIT.png


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18 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/DAL.png


Lamarr56
19 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NYG.png


BlackandGold
20 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CHI.png


ddoubleday
21 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CIN.png


garmancm
22 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/STL.pngviahttp://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/WAS.png


Hines4theHall
23 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/MIN.png



24 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/IND.png


steel3dd92
25 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/MIN.pngviahttp://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/SEA.png



26 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/GB.png


barnerburner
27 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/HOU.png


c63tho
28 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/DEN.png


Ram_india
29 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NE.png


TrifeReality
30 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/ATL.png


MDR21
31 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/SF.png


afbassi
32 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/BAL.png


Mr MaLoR
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