Josh Norris: Odell Beckham Jr. Fits The Panthers Perfectly
Josh Norris from NBC and Rotoworld joins the Mac Attack to discuss the NFL scouting combine, the Panthers draft needs and possibilities and defensing JaDeveon Clowney.
On the Wide Receiver crop: Odell Beckham Jr. fits the Panthers perfectly, because he has the speed to run vertically and to separate on the ground, but he also goes up and wins at the catch point. Brandin Cooks is a Victor Cruz type. He wins to the outside, he wins to the inside, but he’s stuck to the ground. He’s going to separate with quickness, agility and expolsiveness, but he’s not going to go up and win at the catch point.
On Offensive Tackle and Wide Receiver position being the deepest in the draft: I’m not sure about offensive tackles, but I would definitely say that about wide receiver. I really like the interior pass rushers. It’s not a position the Panthers necessarily need, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they keep loading up in that area, because there’s no matchup, no way to override a defense that can consistently force interior disruption. To me, it’s even more important than edge pressure.
On the Panthers possibly taking an Offensive Tackle in the first round: I think they’re in a terrible spot to grab one. I’m really worried about that, because I think the top three are going to be gone (J. Matthews, G. Robinson and T. Lewan). After that we can talk about Cyrus Kouandjio. So many teams have already failed him medically because of his arthritic knees. He may have to have surgery and miss his first year. I recently mocked Morgan Moses, the tackle from Virginia to the Panthers, and I hate that pick. I’m not a big fan of the guy, but I think NFL personnel might be. The one to watch out for is Brandon Thomas, out of Clemson. A lot of people project him as a guard because he’s only 6’4″, but everyone obsesses about length and he has long arms. His lower half is very athletic. They put him on an island against JaDeveon Clowney and he did a great job.
One Offensive Guard to keep an eye on: Dakota Dozier, from Furman. He was a left tackle, but moving inside he did well in tight spaces.
On Panthers draft pick from 2013, Edmund Kugbila: I wouldn’t be surprised if he flames out and doesn’t even play a snap for this team.