CaliPanthers 2010 Carolina Panther Mock Offseason
**NOTE** Letting Peppers walk for nothing will NOT cripple this Franchise, its too strong. The Panthers need to move on from Peppers. Not because he isn’t a great player but because of the price tag, its too costly for the franchise to tie that type of money (21.8 M) into one player for one year, uncapped year or not. Plus the Panthers have a lot of young talent on the team that will need re-signed in the near future and signing Peppers long term would limit the players the Panthers can re-sign from the team.
Thomas Davis ( 5 year deal )
Matt Moore ( 3 year deal )
Jake Delhomme ( re-work to front load contract this year)
Free Agent Signings:
* Aaron Kampman 6’4 265lbs 30 years old (3 year deal)
The signing of Aaron Kampman gives the Panthers a replacement for Peppers at a far less price. Kampman made the move to OLB last year but didn’t play up to his capabilities. A move back to his natural position at DE should help Kampman get back on track. He is coming off a ACL injury last year which ended his season, but with today’s modern medicine, he should be ready for training camp and should work himself back to 100% within the next year. He is a high character player, with a great motor and should fit in great with the Panthers defense.
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers LB Aaron Kampman (knee) said he is well ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Kampman said he is expected to be ready for training camp.
* Nate Burleson 6’0 198lbs 28 years old (3 year deal)
Nate Burleson gives the Panthers a playmaking wide receiver opposite of Steve Smith. Burleson is a tough wide receiver, he is not afraid to go across the middle and will fight for extra yardage after the catch. He has good speed and has the ability to make defenders miss. Burleson is a very good punt and kick returner as well, bringing great versatility.
Major Re-Signings for the future:
Richard Marshall ( Possibly)
2010 NFL Draft
- Used draft information off here )
2nd round - Tyson Alualu- DT California- 6’2 291lbs
Tyson Alualu gives the Panthers a young defensive tackle that will fit great with their defense. Great character, leader, motor, use of hands and use of leverage at the point of attack. Alualu has the ability to push for the starting position from day one.
- Highlights vs. USC
- Senior Bowl practice Highlights
- Senior Bowl Highlights
* Alualu was considered a top prospect as a prep and made an immediate impression upon arriving in the Pac-10. He stepped into the rotation as a true freshman, playing in every game, earning his first start and finishing with 16 tackles on the year.
* He began a streak of 38 consecutive starts as a true sophomore, leading the Golden Bears with 52 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. His career-high 62 tackles was the highest single-season total by a Cal defensive lineman since current Washington Redskin Andre Carter posted 60 in 2000. Despite facing constant double-teams, Alualu matched Carter's 60 as a senior, picking up 10 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks to finally earn first-team All-Pac-10 recognition.
* Quick, strong and passionate, Alualu's production is even more impressive considering he played defensive end in the 3-4 alignment -- a position typically defined as a block-consuming, role-playing spot more than a stat-producing position. Scouts believe Alualu's numbers would be even more impressive if he were playing in a 4-3 defense. He appears better suited to be a "three technique" defensive tackle.
* Had Alualu played in the Big Ten or SEC, more would know his name. Considering the impressive career he had at California, don't expect scouts to forget to include him among the Top 50 selections come April.
3rd round - Jacoby Ford- WR Clemson- 5’9 181lbs
Jacoby Ford gives the Panthers a true playmaker, developing wide receiver and potentially great slot receiver. Ford has been blessed with great speed and has improved as a wide receiver every year since he has been in college. Very solid hands and improved route runner, Ford has the ability to contribute as soon as next season. Ford is also a very good punt and kick returner, which will give the Panthers options in that area.
- Track Highlight
* Has the physical tools to develop into a better pro than collegiate receiver. Well-built athlete with a football player's physique -- as opposed to that of a track star -- who shows the willingness to run through traffic. Experienced return specialist with two career kickoff return touchdowns. The 2009 national champion in the 60-meter dash. History of injuries teams will more closely investigate. Missed the final five games of the 2007 season with a broken ankle; suffered a pulled hamstring during the NCAA Track and Field Championships that slowed his progress during this '09 preseason.
* Despite starting only 27 career games, Ford had seven touchdowns of 50-plus yards. Used as a receiver, running back, returner and even at quarterback, Ford posted 4,083 all-purpose yards on 297 touches -- averaging an eye-popping 13.75 yards per touch -- and 21 career touchdowns (15 receiving, two rushing, one throwing, two as a kick returner, one as a punt returner). Any questions about Ford's pure speed subsided when he won the 60-meter dash (6.52 seconds) in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in March 2009.
* Due to his dynamic speed, Ford is often miscast as merely a deep threat. He showed improved toughness across the middle and attention to detail as a route-runner in 2009, emerging for the first time in his career as Clemson's leading receiver. His 56 receptions for 779 yards and six touchdowns earned him second-team all-ACC honors.
* Clemson WR Jacoby Ford clearly has established himself as the most polished receiver on the North roster. He runs precise routes and shows the acceleration to separate out of cuts. We also were impressed with his ability to escape jams, using his quickness to get cornerbacks to open their hips early.
- Sporting News breakdown of the Senior Bowl
4th round - Darrell Stuckey- SS Kansas- 6’0 207lbs
Darrell Stuckey is a player that can contribute from day one on special teams and give the Panthers great depth in the secondary. The drafting of Stuckey doesn’t mean the end of Chris Harris, Stuckey has the ability to contribute on Special Teams and maybe at the Joker position on defense. He is an explosive hitter who plays his best in the box but still has the ability to hold up in coverage. Give Stuckey a few seasons to develop and the Panthers should have a future SS.
- Highlights against Missouri
* Read & React: Reads the quarterback's eyes well, anticipates underneath throws and has the range to get to deep throws. Strong enough to strip the ball from a receiver's hands to prevent completions. Reacts quickly and aggressively when coming up from the deep half or seeing the ball in trash.
* Run Support: Quickly fills holes against the run when used around the line of scrimmage. Flies through the line on stretch plays and around the tackle to get a hand on backs trying to find a lane. Usually around the pile to clean up tackles or push ball carriers back to prevent the extra yard. Typically runs around blocks to the ball, but will throw his body into a lineman to stuff a gap.
* Tackling: Explosive tackler who will plant backs and receivers coming into his area if coming straight-on. Goes for the strip while wrapping up and will get his helmet on the ball. Not the biggest or strongest defender, however. Usually lowers his head when making open-field tackles. Somehow gets enough to bring ball carriers down, but will also get run over and whiff against elusive NFL veterans.
* Intangibles: Excellent character and work ethic. Sets and leads the defense on the field and contributes to the community away from it. Will be a special teams leader on coverage and return units.
6th round (via Oak) - Walter Thurmond- CB Oregon- 5’11 182lbs
Walter Thurmond was projected a lot higher in the draft before an injury ended his season. If Thurmond can recover fully from this injury, this pick would be a steal. Thurmond would give the Panthers great special teams play, both as a returner and on coverage units. Thurmond gives the Panthers great depth in the secondary and insurance if Richard Marshall is not retained next off season.
- Highlights vs. Boise St (#6)
- Punt return
* Read & React: Good read-and-react skills. Four-year starter who knows all the tricks. Aggressively jumps routes, but has good agility and straight-line speed to recover. Good run recognition. Quickly discards the receiver to meet the ball carrier.
* Man Coverage: Low and fast coming out of his stance. Quick feet and re-directs easily and closes on the ball with a burst. Relies too much on his athleticism in coverage. Marginal punch in press coverage and too often allows receivers into their route for a corner of his size and long arms.
* Zone Coverage: Lanky, athletic cornerback with the size, footwork and speed to fit any defensive scheme. Has primarily played in straight man coverage schemes. Re-directs easily with quick feet and loose hips. Good awareness and tackling ability to play zone coverage. Understands his responsibilities and reads the quarterback's eyes to make plays on the ball. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1244404
6th round ( compensatory) - Kevin Basped- DE Nevada- 6’5 240lbs
Kevin Basped is a developmental defensive end prospect who has a lot of upside. He has great size but still the ability to fill his frame in even more. He has a great knack for rushing the passer. He was a junior that declared early, scouts thought he should have stayed in school another year where his draft stock would have been much higher. Basped is a player that the Panthers can develop and in time, should turn into a solid defensive end for the team.
- Highlights vs. Notre Dame (#99)
* One on one with the tackle, he has the ability to use a strong speed rush, but has the strength to use a bull rush or swim moves to get to the inside.
* With all of this, he still remains very unpolished and will require some coaching to reach his full potential. Couple this with a history of injuries and he remains as only a mid-round prospect. http://www.bigcatcountry.com/2010/1/...basped?ref=CBS
- Scouting Report
7th round - Reggie Carter - LB UCLA- 5’11 238lbs
Reggie Carter gives the Panthers another solid linebacker, giving them more depth at the position. Should provide good special teams play from day one. Carter is tough, physical and a great leader. Has the ability to step in and play at either the SAM or MIKE linebacker positions as well.
- Slide show
* A classic undersized, physical MIKE 'backer with better overall athleticism than he's often credited with, Carter won't earn high acclaim on draft day, but like former Pitt standout H.B. Blades he could surprise on special teams and as a legitimate contributor early in his career.
* Read & React: Among his best attributes. Good key and diagnosis skills, though he can be beaten by good play-action. Locates the ball quickly and has little to no wasted motion in getting to the ball. Good gap-disciplined defender who trusts his teammates to be the same.
* Tackling: Arguably his most impressive skill. Reliable open-field tackler. Breaks down in space to make the secure, wrap-up stop. Arrives with a thud, showing good explosiveness through his hips to explode into the ball carrier. Has a knack for forcing fumbles, with five over the past two seasons. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/559611
7th round ( compensatory) - Caz Piurowski - TE Florida St. - 6’7 271lbs
Caz Piurowski is a developmental TE who is coming off an injury last season. He is a capable receiver with solid speed for someone his size. Piurowski is a great blocker though and shifted back and forth from tight end to offensive tackle during his sophomore year. Piurowski is a player the Panthers can develop on the practice squad for a year or two and in time could become a very solid rotational tight end for the team.
Un-draft Free Agent Pickups:
Ekom Udofia - DT Stanford- 6’1 326lbs
Dimitri Nance - RB Arizona St. - 5’10 220lbs
James Williams - OG/OT Harvard - 6’5 298lbs
Carlos Singleton - WR Memphis - 6’7 230lbs
Notable Training Camp Cuts:
C.J. Davis (sign to Practice Squad)
C.J. Davis - OG/OC Pittsburgh - 6’2 308lbs ( 2nd year player)
Reggie Carter - LB UCLA - 5’11 238lbs (Rookie Draft pick)
Caz Piurowski - TE Florida St. - 6’7 271lbs (Rookie Draft pick)
Ekom Udofia - DT Stanford - 6’1 326lbs (Rookie Free Agent)
Dimitri Nance - RB Arizona St. - 5’10 220lbs (Rookie Free Agent)
James Williams - OG/OT Harvard - 6’5 298lbs (Rookie Free Agent)
Carlos Singleton - WR Memphis - 6’7 230lbs (Rookie Free Agent)
2010 Depth Chart
QB: Matt Moore / Jake Delhomme / Hunter Cantwell
RB: DeAngelo Williams / Jonathan Stewart / Tyrell Sutton / Mike Goodson
FB: Brad Hoover / Tony Fiammetta
WR: Steve Smith / Nate Burleson
/ Jacoby Ford
/ Dwayne Jarrett
TE: Gary Barnidge / Jeff King / Dante Rosario
LT: Jordan Gross / Garry Williams
LG: Travelle Wharton
C: Ryan Kalil
RG: Mackenzy Bernadeau (OG/OC) / Duke Robinson
RT: Jeff Otah / Geoff Schwartz
RDE: Aaron Kampman
/ Everette Brown / Kevin Basped
LDE: Charles Johnson / Hilee Taylor
NT: Tank Tyler / Louis Leonard
UT: Tyson Alualu
/ Ed Johnson
/ Corvey Irvin
SOLB: Na’il Diggs / Landon Johnson
MLB: Jon Beason / Dan Connor
WOLB: Thomas Davis / James Anderson
CB: Chris Gamble / Walter Thurmond
/ CJ Wilson
CB: Richard Marshall / Captain Munnerlyn
FS: Charles Godfrey / Sherrod Martin
SS: Chris Harris / Darrell Stuckey
SPECIAL TEAMS (4)
K: John Kasey
P: Jason Baker
KOS: Rhys Lloyd
LS: J.J. Jansen
PR: Nate Burleson
/ Jacoby Ford
/ Captain Munnerlyn
KR: Jacoby Ford
/ Mike Goodson / Walter Thurmond
Acquired via Free AgencyAcquired via Draft
I wanted to put this up before the combine started and before too many offseason moves had already been made.
As always, thoughts and criticisms are always wanted. Thank You.