2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Panthers GM Gettleman likes linemen in draft

By STEVE REED - AP Sports Writer
    2013-04-22 12:22

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - While other NFL teams are in search of quarterbacks and running backs, new Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said the Panthers wouldn't mind walking away from the NFL draft with big offensive and defensive linemen.

Gettleman has worked in the NFL for more than a quarter century and to him ``hog mollies'' - a term of affection he uses for offensive and defensive linemen - are areas of need.

``You've heard me, it's on record: Big men allow you to compete,'' Gettleman said.

The Panthers must find a replacement for veteran left tackle Jordan Gross, whose contract voids after the season, and a defensive tackle to replace Ron Edwards. They could also use a defensive end.

There's no denying the influence working the past 15 seasons in the personnel department of the New York Giants has had on Gettleman, a firm believer that the best way to build a team is from the inside out.

The Giants relied on aggressive defensive ends to help take Tom Brady out of his rhythm and beat the New England Patriots in two Super Bowls.

``We have an interest in those big guys,'' said Getteman, who joined the Panthers in January. ``Those big guys are line-of-scrimmage changers. They're big for the team.''

Gettleman believes that offensive and defensive line are the two deepest positions in the draft.

``Let's just say I'm not angry about that,'' Gettleman grinned.

However, Gettleman's resources are limited.

He has only has five draft picks at his disposal, including the 14th selection overall. The Panthers last year traded away their third- and seventh-round picks.

While Gettleman will have final say over all draft day decisions, he said he'll rely heavily on his scouting staff and his coaches for input.

And with good reason.

Gettleman admits he's a novice when it comes to evaluating college personnel and his knowledge of running a draft.

With the Giants, all of his work came on the pro personnel side, which included analyzing NFL free agents. Occasionally he'd get asked advice on a college player, but those instances were few and far between.

``As a pro guy basically I was in the war room on draft handling the trade phone,'' Gettleman said of his time with the Giants. ``That was basically it.''

But in the end he doesn't think evaluating NFL talent is much different than assessing college talent.

``I'd like to think in my 28 years in the league I have a pretty good idea of who can play,'' Gettleman said.

Still, he'll lean upon the men he's come to know in the past three months for added input.

``The best thing I can do is listen,'' Gettleman said. ``What the draft is all about, it's not about who's right it's about getting the guy right. He's not my guy he's our guy. And that's the biggest thing I do.''

The Panthers did well under former GM Marty Hurney when it came to choosing first-round draft picks.

That group includes Luke Kuechly and Cam Newton, the AP Defensive and Offensive Rookies of the Year the last two seasons, respectively. They also hit home runs with Gross, Jon Beason, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams.

The problem has often been bad trades and poor selections in the middle rounds for the Panthers.

Hurney once traded a future first-round pick to get Florida State defensive end Everette Brown in the second round. Brown fizzled out after two seasons and was released.

He also traded the first pick in the second round to take Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards, who has been flop as a receiver for Carolina the last three seasons.

Gettleman hopes the Panthers can improve on that.

He said ideally he'd like to come out of this year's draft with immediate starters with the first two picks and contributors in rounds four, five and six.

Along with hog mollies, the Panthers could also use a long-term replacement for receiver Steve Smith, who turns 34 next month, as well as help in the secondary.

As for the 14th overall pick, Gettleman doesn't see the Panthers trading up because of their shortage of draft picks and the fact that he won't ``talk myself out of taking a good player.''

If the Panthers go defensive tackle with their first pick then Utah's Star Lotulelei, or Missouri's Sheldon Richardson are options.

The top three tackles -- Texas' Luke Joeckel, Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Oklahoma's Lane Johnson -- are also expected to be taken well before the Panthers are on the clock. However, Alabama's D.J. Fluker could still be around.

It's also possible Gettleman could try to make a popular fan pick and go after a receiver. If he goes that route, West Virginia's Tavon Austin, Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson and Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins are also possible options.

``There are a lot of guys that that can play,'' Gettleman said.

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Justin TuckOct 29 09:23p

Oakland Raiders TE David Ausberry (foot), WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin) and CB Carlos Rogers (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. [ More ]

Bobby WagnerOct 29 09:23p

Seattle Seahawks TE Zach Miller (ankle) and LB Bobby Wagner (toe) were each unable to practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, and each is already ruled out for Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders.

Max UngerOct 29 09:23p

Seattle Seahawks DT Jordan Hill (ankle), SS Jeron Johnson (concussion), CB Byron Maxwell (calf) and LB Malcolm Smith (non-injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. OG James Carpenter [ More ]

J. CunninghamOct 29 08:53p

The St. Louis Rams signed OT Steven Baker, WR Emory Blake, OT Travis Bond and TE Justice Cunningham to the practice squad Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Marcus LattimoreOct 29 08:53p

San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. He remains on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Brian QuickOct 29 08:43p

The St. Louis Rams placed WR Brian Quick (shoulder) on the reserve/injured list Wednesday, Oct. 29.

A.J. EddsOct 29 08:33p

Atlanta Falcons FS Sean Baker, Carolina Panthers RB Darrin Reaves, Denver Broncos DE Greg Latta, New England Patriots OG Chris Barker, New York Jets LB A.J. Edds, Oakland Raiders [ More ]

Damian WilliamsOct 29 08:33p

The St. Louis Rams promoted OG Brandon Washington from the practice squad to the active roster Wednesday, Oct. 29, and they signed free-agent WR Damian Williams.

Patrick WillisOct 29 08:03p

San Francisco 49ers CB Tramaine Brock (toe), SS Jimmie Ward (quadriceps) and LB Patrick Willis (toe) were listed as limited participants in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. CB Chris Culliver [ More ]

Ronnie HillmanOct 29 08:03p

Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Anthony CollinsOct 29 07:53p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Anthony Collins (foot) and LB Brandon Magee (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee) and DE Michael Johnson (hand) were listed as limited participants.

Lamarcus JoynerOct 29 07:53p

St. Louis Rams S Cody Davis (concussion), DT Aaron Donald (shoulder), LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), DE William Hayes (foot), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), S Rodney McLeod (knee), OT Rodger [ More ]

Billy WinnOct 29 07:43p

Cleveland Browns WR Rodney Smith (hamstring), DE Phil Taylor (knee) and OT Joe Thomas (non-injury related) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. DT Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) was [ More ]

A.J. GreenOct 29 07:33p

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Oct. 29. Green said he feels good, and he'll try to do more Thursday, Oct. [ More ]

Johnathan JosephOct 29 07:33p

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), LB Brooks Reed (groin) and LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. [ More ]

Stepfan TaylorOct 29 07:33p

Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, and he has been ruled out for Week 9.

Patrick PetersonOct 29 07:33p

Arizona Cardinals FS Tony Jefferson (head) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. LB Kenny Demens (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle) and CB Patrick Peterson (concussion) were listed as limited [ More ]

Brandon ThompsonOct 29 07:23p

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) has been ruled out for Week 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. CB Darqueze Dennard (hamstring), DE Carlos Dunlap (illness), LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring), [ More ]

Louis VasquezOct 29 07:03p

Denver Broncos LB Lamin Barrow (concussion), S Quinton Carter (hamstring) and OG Louis Vasquez (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. CB Omar Bolden (concussion) and LB Steven Johnson [ More ]

Mike PounceyOct 29 06:53p

Miami Dolphins OG Daryn Colledge (illness) and TE Dion Sims (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. OG Nate Garner (neck), LB Chris McCain (foot), LB Koa Misi (ankle), [ More ]

Brian RobinsonOct 29 06:43p

Minnesota Vikings DE Brian Robinson (glute) and CB Jabari Price (hamstring) both did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. CB Josh Robinson (ankle), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle, knee), [ More ]

Cyrus GrayOct 29 06:23p

Kansas City Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, and has been ruled out for the team's Week 9 game. CB Jamell Fleming [ More ]

R. Griffin IIIOct 29 05:53p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is expected to start in the team's Week 9 game against the Minnesota Vikings, according to league sources.

Tracy PorterOct 29 05:53p

Washington Redskins S Ryan Clark (ankle, shoulder) and OT Trent Williams (knee) were limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. LB Ryan Kerrigan (wrist), LB Trent Murphy (knee), CB Tracy [ More ]

Jon BeasonOct 29 05:33p

New York Giants LB Jon Beason (foot, toe) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Jonathan GoodwinOct 29 05:23p

New Orleans Saints LB David Hawthorne (hand) and FB Austin Johnson (knee) both did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, and have been ruled out for the team's Week 9 [ More ]

Pierre ThomasOct 29 05:23p

New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, and has been ruled out for Week 9.

Jimmy GrahamOct 29 05:23p

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, and is questionable for the team's Week 9 game.

Brandon BrownerOct 29 05:03p

New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. FS Nate Ebner (finger), DE Dominique Easley (knee, shoulder), OT Cameron Fleming (finger) and [ More ]

Demario DavisOct 29 05:03p

New York Jets CB Darrin Walls (calf, knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. OG Oday Aboushi (shoulder), OG Willie Colon (knee), LB David Harris (shoulder), LG Trevor Reilly (knee) [ More ]

Terrell SuggsOct 29 04:53p

Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (shin), CB Jimmy Smith (foot), LB Terrell Suggs (neck), CB Lardarius Webb (non-injury) and OG Marshal Yanda (knee) all did [ More ]

Justin ForsettOct 29 04:53p

Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. Forsett is dealing with an ankle injury.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group