The Carolina Panthers waited and waited and could not believe what they were seeing. Jimmy Clausen was tumbling down the NFL Draft boards right to them in the 48th spot overall. With the Clausen pick in the books, Carolina did not stop grabbing quarterbacks. Carolina took the quarterback out of Appalachian State, Armanti Edwards and one more solid quarterback out of Cincinnati, Tony Pike. Edwards will not be competing for a quarterback spot but he wasn’t bad under center in his collegiate career.
Carolina Panthers first NFL Draft pick and 48th overall Jimmy Clausen.
Jimmy Clausen, the quarterback from Notre Dame, is a steal with the 48th pick overall in the NFL Draft but there are still questions of how well Clausen will translate into the NFL. Clausen will most likely be thrown to the wolves in his first season and how he reacts will shape the futures of the Carolina Panthers. Carolina may still start Matt Moore to start the season but look for Clausen to get a shot before game 8. Clausen will be the full time quarterback for Carolina in his first NFL season.
Carolina Panthers second NFL Draft pick and 78th overall Brandon LaFell.
Brandon Lafell, a wide receiver from LSU, had a dismal last season for LSU and Carolina is hoping that may just be an aberration. LaFell is big truck coming across the middle and he loves to flatten any linebackers and corners that get in his way.
LaFell has some skill deficiencies that he will need to overcome at the next level in the NFL. LaFell drops balls that should be caught and has appeared to run the wrong routes more than a few times in his last season. LaFell is expected to compete for the number two receiver spot by Carolina and they may be disappointed. LaFell will make the Panthers but won’t contribute much in his first NFL season.
Carolina Panthers third NFL Draft pick and 89th overall Armanti Edwards.
Armanti Edwards, a quarterback in his collegiate career for Appalachian State, will be a bit of a gamble, as Carolina expects to use him as a wide receiver and special team athlete. Edwards is fast and can run the offense as a wildcat option with the ability to complete passes.
Edwards was involved in two National Championships and made the playoffs in each of his seasons playing for Appalachian State, so he does know how to win and he is an athlete. Edwards will play in his first NFL season and could see himself in the backfield as a decoy quarterback on occasion.
Carolina Panthers fourth NFL Draft pick and 124th overall Eric Norwood.
Eric Norwood, a linebacker from South Carolina, is another raw talent that could make the team as a contributor for the 2010 NFL season. Norwood has speed and is good in pursuit across the middle. Another great aspect of Norwood is that he has a knack to get to the quarterback. Norwood will play in his first NFL season, how much time he gets is up to him.
Carolina Panthers fifth NFL Draft pick and 175th overall Greg Hardy.
Greg Hardy a defensive end from Ole Miss, was one of the best collegiate defensive lineman until a series of injuries ruined his college career. Hardy was not expected to be drafted and Carolina decided to take a shot on him with an extra draft pick in the sixth round. Hardy will have to pick up the pace show that his injuries have not debilitated him. Hardy has a slim chance to make the Carolina roster in the 2010 NFL season.
Carolina Panthers sixth NFL Draft pick and 198th overall David Gettis.
David Gettis, a wide receiver that flew under the radar at Baylor, is going to be competing for a third or fourth wide receiver spot and possibly a special teams position. Gettis is a track star, that can open up the field and could use some work on his hands. Gettis will make the team as a special teams player first and number four or five receiver.
Carolina Panthers seventh NFL Draft pick and 202nd overall Jordon Pugh.
Jordon Pugh, a strong defensive back from Texas A&M, will be asked to earn a job against some of the toughest secondary players in the NFL. If Pugh can unseat anyone in the Panther secondary, he will have a job with Carolina far into the future. Pugh has an outside chance to make the team as a defensive back but will make the team as a special team player in his first NFL season.
Carolina Panthers eighth NFL Draft pick and 204th overall Tony Pike.
Tony Pike, a quarterback from Cincinnati, couldn’t even make it as a starter for his own college team for a while in his last season. Pike is interesting, he does have a winner’s attitude and knows have to make the best of bad situations with superior decision making skills. Pike will be the quarterback for the practice squad in his first NFL season.
Carolina Panthers ninth NFL Draft pick and 223rd overall RJ Stanford.
RJ Stanford, yet another defensive back picked up to put pressure on the Carolina veterans. Johnson had a blowout pro day at at his home school Utah. Stanford has blazing speed but can be turned inside out in college and that could get him cut early in training camp. Johnson will be an NFL free agent after the first cut at training camp.
Carolina Panthers tenth and final NFL Draft pick and 249th overall Robert McClain.
Robert McClain, from Connecticut, is yet another defensive back added by Carolina. McClain will have his work cut out for him to make the squad but with his impressive speed and and back peddle prowess, McClain will make it hard for Carolina to cut him. McClain will make Carolina’s roster and play in his first NFL season.
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