So ends my Panthers draft:
1st) Quinton Coples, DE, UNC -- Most talented end in the draft and has the potential to be a premier 3-down DE and pass-rushing force. There are motor issues, or he'd be considered a potential top 5 selection. His physical skills are virtually without peer.
2nd) Brandon Thompson, DT, Syracuse -- Just a rock-solid player. Carolina got abused in the middle and really needed more talent on the interior. Thompson has the potential to play the Nose in a 4-3 and can provide a premium run-stuffer with solid pass-rushing skills. Unlikely to be a true game-changer, but could easily be a strong 6-8 year starter.
3rd) Traded for Greg Olson
4th) Brandon Mosely, OT, Auburn -- Newton's LT at Auburn. Has the physical skills to play as a rookie, but probably shouldn't start due to the fact that he only has 3 years on the O-Line. With solid but aging bookends on the line, Carolina needed to find a young Tackle that can contribute now and start in a year or two. Mosely's a perfect fit and even has the athletic ability to slide over to LT someday. Getting those skills in the 4th round is unexpected.
5th) Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas -- Big, strong, fast. Extremely talented player with good hands that fought an injury to start the season. He got better as the year went on and flashed the speed he showed as a youngster. Very high upside.
6th) Jeff Fuller, WR, A&M -- Possession WR with plus body control and erratic hands. If his hands develop a little more, he has the ability to be Mushin Muhammed.
7th) Marcus Forston, DT, Miami -- No idea why he lasted this long. This kid is a potential starter in a 4-3 by as early as 2013. He could go as early as the 3rd round, but will almost certainly be gone by the 4th. He doesn't play with great leverage but is strong and surprisingly quick. He and Thompson could absolutely rip it up in a couple of years, both as run-stuffers and pass rushers. Paired with Coples on the end, the Panthers added enough talent to control lines for years to come.
The draft ended up slightly redundant, but all in areas of extreme need for the Panthers. Further, the 'redundancies' came in the late rounds and came at extremely high values. It would've been nice to get a CB with that 3rd rounder, but otherwise the board just didn't fall right to draft one. Instead the Panthers have adopted the Giants model of raising hell in the trenches.
"Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip"