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Phil Savage: Marqise Lee Is A Realistic Possibility For The Panthers

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Former executive with the Browns and Ravens, now with ESPN and the Excutive Director of the Senior Bowl, Phil Savage, joins Mac and Jim to talk about the NFL draft and the inner working of a war room.

On the Panthers options at pick 28: I think left tackle is the bigger need. There’s not as much depth as there is at wide receiver in terms of finding a functional player for this year. A couple names to keep an eye on, Cyrus Kouandjio out of Alabama. Some stock is up, some is down. It depends on what the medical review is within the Panthers, but there’s a chance he could be there at 28. Morgan Moses, he’s a player who seems to be talked about more recently. I made a comment that it wouldn’t be a surprise if he went in the teens, although I don’t know if he’s that good of a player. He was here in our game and did a nice job, he could be there at 28. If they really get desperate, in terms of wanting to take an offensive lineman, keep an eye on Joel Bitonio…

On the wide receivers: I think Brandin Cooks will be long gone by the time the Panthers pick at 28, Marqise Lee is a realistic possibility, perhaps Kelvin Benjamin, the giant oversized WR from Florida State could be there as well, and Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt, if you noticed, was one of the players invited to New York City. Someone must be on to something, because typically they don’t invite players that don’t have a realistic shot of going in the first round.

On cornerbacks: Jason Verrett could be a possibility. Now, he’s a bit undersized, but he does have outside and nickel coverage ability. Another player would be Bradley Roby, from Ohio State, he’s a junior. He’s had a couple of off the field episodes, I’ll use that phrase. I don’t know the details and how that’s going to impact his draft stock. One player to me, that you guys would really be familiar with, and I think most have him rated somewhere in the second round, but because of his jack of all trades ability, LaMarcus Joyner. Safety, corner, and nickel out of Florida State. You can’t define him by height, weight and speed, you only define him as a football player and I think he’s going to really be a positive addition for somebody. A team like Carolina, that has some holes in their back end and his ability to play multiple positions could be a real value for them.

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