Dennis Daley Jersey

In what was an intriguing draft for the Carolina Panthers overall, the selection of offensive tackle Dennis Daley from South Carolina certainly added to it.

The Panthers needed to beef up the offensive line, and they did that with the selection of Daley . With so many important positions being taken care of in the draft last weekend, he kind of got lost in the shuffle. However, I think he is an important draft pick especially for the future of the quarterbacks. In today’s pass-happy National Football League, protecting the quarterback is key.

The Carolina Panthers may have gotten a bargain pick, as he lasted until the sixth round. However, he has a ton of potential. Bill Voth took note of that in his Grill Bill column he published on Friday.

One of the things that stands out to me per his draft profile on NFL.com, is note that he “gets out in front of screen passes with good athletic ability in open field.” That is huge for this Carolina Panthers offense. The way they utilize their running backs, they need to have blockers who can do so in the open field. If the Panthers have someone that can give Christian McCaffrey even more space in the open field, that would be ideal. In particular, McCaffrey thrives on the screen pass. With the way he can cut and his acceleration once he receives the ball, he is off to the races in no time.

At the very least, Daley will provide protection for Cam Newton on the offensive line. That is perhaps the biggest thing for Carolina. Although he may be a bit of a project, he does have the potential to become a key component of the offense.

Measuring in at six-foot-five, 317 pounds, Daley certainly should provide enough protection up front for the Panthers. He certainly has the potential to be a steal for the Carolina Panthers, he just needs to refine his skills a little bit more. One of the biggest issues last year was no protection for Newton, and at the very least, they have addressed it with Daley here. It’ll be interesting to see how he does come training camp in July.

Terry Godwin Jersey

Terry Godwin was selected by the Carolina Panthers as the 237th player in the 2019 NFL Draft. While picks that low often aren’t expected to contribute right away, Carolina is a team that presents an opportunity for Godwin to work his way up the depth chart.

The receiving corps struggled for the Panthers last season, as no receiver cracked the 800-yard mark and running back Christian McCaffrey led the team in receiving.

The leading returning receiver is D.J. Moore, who caught 55 passes for 788 yards and a pair of touchdowns as a rookie in 2018. The only other receiver over 500 yards last year, Devin Funchess, left in free agency for the Colts.

This leaves the Panthers in a sort of by-committee approach at receiver behind Moore. As a late-round pick, Godwin will be asked to contribute on special teams at first, but if he proves himself there he could see his role in the passing game increase.

Godwin could also possibly get a shot at returning punts with the departure of 2018’s leading punt returner Damiere Byrd. The other two Panthers to return punts, Moore and Kenjon Barner, combined to average less than five yards per return.

Jordan Scarlett Jersey

So far, the Carolina Panthers rookies have said the right things in the early going as they look to get settled with their new team. We have heard Will Grier be very accepting of the fact that he is going to be the backup quarterback. Thursday, new running back Jordan Scarlett said that he would be happy to complement Christian McCaffrey.

You could definitely pawn it off as a “rookies just trying to say the right thing” type of deal. However, it is nice to hear that they are handling themselves well. They seem to know their roles, and have come in with modest expectations at least at the outset. Scarlett is figured to be a key figure in the Carolina Panthers running game. He is ready to complement Christian McCaffrey, and I think he could be the bruiser type of running back. That could serve as a change of pace to McCaffrey’s speed and flash. Scarlett described himself as much to the media on Thursday.

The fact that Scarlett is willing to learn is also encouraging. He has two of the best players in the National Football League on his side of the football in Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey. They can certainly teach a lot. McCaffrey in particular could help teach him the nuances of the offense and what it means as a running back. Scarlett could definitely thrive in this system, particularly with how often the running back is used. He has the size and speed to be able to make an impact.

He could be the 2019 version of C.J. Anderson. Anderson definitely fit the role of a bruiser back. However, he did not get enough touches while he was in Charlotte. We saw firsthand how much he meant to the Los Angeles Rams. Especially in the playoffs, he put together several good performances as the team made it to the Super Bowl. Scarlett he can fill that need the Panthers have with more youthful legs. He is a strong playmaker who could definitely handle the rushing challenges of the National Football League.

It will be interesting to see exactly how Scarlett fits into the offense. He certainly has the talent to be a starting running back, but if he can adjust to his role as backup running back, the Carolina Panthers could have that one-two punch at the position. One thing is for certain, Scarlett is willing to work his way up the proverbial totem pole. Especially as a rookie, that willingness certainly goes a long way.

Christian Miller Jersey

Alabama outside linebacker Christian Miller believes he has “first-round ability.” But he was a fourth-round selection in the NFL Draft on Saturday, taken with the 115th choice by the Carolina Panthers.

Miller was fine with it.

“I’m thankful I went to the right place,” Miller said. “It’s crazy how things work out, and I couldn’t be any happier. …

“It’s not where you get picked. It’s what you do when you get there.”

The Panthers weren’t sure why Miller was available in the fourth round, but they were fine with it, too.

“He was a guy that we’ve been talking to for a while,” Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said of Miller. “He’s an excellent football player, had 8.5 sacks in around 400 snaps last year. I think, you know, he’s been going through a hamstring. He went through a hamstring early in the offseason process. That might have contributed some to him being available to where we picked him, but we are really happy to get him.

“He’s got length, he knows how to rush the passer, he can dip and bend. He just makes plays, and, as you can see by his stats last year, he’s a really good football player. He’ll help rushing the passer. That was one of the things we wanted to do was address that, and I think we did that in this draft.”

Will Grier Jersey

I will admit, I was not sure how to feel about the Carolina Panthers selecting Will Grier in this draft. After all, Cam Newton still has a lot of football left in him. However, judging by Grier’s comments, this pick is making more and more sense.

For now, it appears that the organization will stash him away as a depth piece. Grier seems okay with that, and I am surprised. Granted, once the season begins he may change his tune. However, he seems to just want to get better, and it appears as though him and Newton are getting along nicely. Grier is certainly an interesting pick because he does have a lot of talent. He has tremendous upside, and a strong arm, much like his positional counterpart.

With Grier , Newton, and Kyle Allen all in the quarterback room come the fall, it should make for an interesting time. Obviously, this isn’t a situation where the backup is going to come in and take the starting quarterback’s job. However, it will certainly provide some friendly competition during training camp.

I would consider Kyle Allen to be on the outside looking in when it comes to the backup quarterback spot. Although he has a proven track record, Grier is definitely starter material. Of course, the National Football League is a lot different than the college game, so I could be completely wrong about the status of Allen.

One thing that is certain is that there is no animosity between Grier and Newton. As a matter of fact, the veteran has been very helpful to the upstart rookie. In his press conference on Sunday morning, Grier said that him and Newton have respect for each other. It’s exciting that they are building camaraderie already.

I love what I am hearing. Grier sounds like a quarterback that just wants to do whatever it takes to help the team. It would be easy to be a little bit upset about being a backup to a quarterback who does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. However, it appears that the former West Virginia Mountaineer just wants to take it all in stride. I give him credit, and the thought of him and Cam Newton becoming close is an exciting one. Grier can learn a lot from Newton and I hope he does.

Greg Little Jersey

When Greg Little was mauling opposing linemen in Allen, everyone knew it was only a matter of time before he was going to be in the pros.

Coming out of high school, the massive offensive tackle was considered the top prospect in the state’s class of 2016, according to 247Sports.com. Little led the parade of linemen with local ties who were selected on Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

Little, Oklahoma guard Cody Ford and Texas A&M’s Erik McCoy were drafted within 10 picks of each other in the second round.

The Panthers traded up for Little, who was taken with the 37th overall pick. In a conference call with reporters after he was selected, the first-team All-SEC lineman from Ole Miss said he’s ready to show why Carolina moved up to take him off the board.

“I want to show people that I’m the best left tackle in this draft, and I’m going to be here for a long time,” Little told reporters. “I’m a true franchise left tackle.”

The Panthers weren’t the only ones to make moves to get the lineman they wanted.

Buffalo moved up to the 38th overall spot to snag Ford. Ford started 21 of 29 games for the Sooners, including all 14 during Oklahoma’s run to the College Football Playoff last season. Ford was a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the conference’s coaches.

Brian Burns Jersey

Brian Burns has yet to suit in a Carolina Panthers practice uniform, let alone play his first NFL game. Still, the 16th overall pick of the 2019 draft already knows exactly which NFL quarterback he wants to sack most.

Burns, of course, was talking about Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback who won his sixth Lombardi Trophy last season at the age of 41. Unfortunately for Burns, though, he won’t get the chance to sack Brady as a rookie unless his team meets the Patriots in the Super Bowl. New England isn’t included on Carolina’s 2019 regular-season schedule.

Still, the Florida State product will have plenty of other opportunities to sack other marquee signal-callers, including Jared Goff, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and division-rivals Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. If his collegiate production is any indication, expect Burns to take advantage. He had 52 tackles, 15 and-a-half tackles for loss, and 10 sacks in 2018, leading the Seminoles’ defense in the last two categories en route to First-Team All-ACC honors.

Brian Burns, at a lean 6-foot-5, 249 pounds, still needs to add some thickness to his frame to better hold up against the run, but should emerge as a valuable situational pass-rusher at the very least as a rookie due to his speed, length, and quickness. He expressed no concerns about adding weight at his press conference, claiming he’d packed on 20 pounds throughout the pre-draft process.

Wes Horton Jersey

Architecture is sometimes called “an old man’s profession” where designers, by unwritten rule, must spend years toiling for others in preparation for opening their own independent studio.

Architects Michael Horton and Westleigh Harper bucked that trend, collaborating on separate projects while employed at local firms, then striking out on their own when barely out of their 30s. Today, the duo are principals of Horton Harper Architects, an award-winning contemporary studio known for an eclectic portfolio of custom residential, multifamily and mixed-use ventures.

Headquartered in the Caxton Building downtown, the practice has six employees and a 30% year-over-year growth rate since its 2011 launch. Specializing in urban residential design, Horton Harper sketches out townhomes and single-family residences for a growing list of builders and homeowners.

A drive through Tremont and Ohio City reveals more than 100 units carrying the studio’s stamp, including a series of cube-shaped townhomes in Cleveland’s emerging Duck Island neighborhood. New Horton Harper designs are also appearing in Chagrin Falls, Beachwood and Shaker Heights, coinciding with out-of-state endeavors such as a 100-unit apartment complex in Green Bay, Wis.

Considering the burgeoning scale and variety of their recent work, the partners voice no regrets about taking a slightly skewed professional path.

“We didn’t stay at firms until age 40 or develop relationships with big clients to take them with us,” said Harper, a Mentor native and Kent State University graduate. “We decided early on this was something we wanted to do in our own way. Luckily, the economy grew around the same time we were trying to take that step.”

Mario Addison Jersey

Today concludes a week that has to rank in the top two for the most garbage coming out of people’s mouths.

I am talking about the days leading up to the NFL Draft (the other would be the week leading up to November elections). You just can’t trust what people say is the truth.

Sure, there are some people who have been telling the truth this week, but they are scattered here and there amongst the bull-slingers so that it is hard to know the difference.

The Cardinals are trading Josh Rosen. No they’re not; they are taking Nick Bosa.

Despite having an aging Eli Manning at quarterback, the Giants aren’t interested in a QB at #6. Or maybe they are. Or maybe they are planning a trade with the Cards for Rosen.

Who knows?

There is always a weak team that is willing to trade back to acquire more draft picks because it has so many holes to fill. There is always a team willing to give up a lot to trade up because it thinks it is one key difference-maker from being a Super Bowl contender.

Who will be making trades with whom? It’s a guessing game all the way up until just a few minutes before the draft starts when all the phone calls going around might leak out to the media.

The Carolina Panthers tied for 13th place with three other teams with a 7-9 record, but wound up the worst of the lot because of a stronger strength of schedule. That leaves them at 16th instead.

The Panthers aren’t one of those teams with only a hole or two left to fill. They legitimately have four starting jobs that need filling.

As I said earlier this year, since Jordan Gross retired in 2013, the Panthers have tried 10 different guys to replace him at left tackle. The team has hoped in recent drafts that a good one would drop to them, but that hasn’t been the case because left tackles are so valuable.

Another very valuable role is outside pass rusher, and the team is in dire need of help with only Mario Addison (29.5 sacks the past three years) as someone who can get double-digit sacks. Bruce Irvin was added in free agency, but he is now 31 and even in his best year he only had eight sacks.

The spot that personally has driven me batty for years is free safety. Not to sound like a broken record, but coach Ron Rivera has a habit of bringing in some aging vet to get a year or two out of him on the cheap rather than invest a high draft pick.

However, if you want to get more sacks, how about doing a better job with coverage? James Bradbury and Donte Jackson can cover at cornerback, and Eric Reid showed he can put a lick on a receiver at strong safety. A young, speedy safety who can cover a lot of ground allows the corners to play tight at the line with safety help over the top.

Curtis Samuel Jersey

The lowdown: A chess piece for Urban Meyer’s and Ryan Day’s offense, Campbell broke out as a junior in a hybrid role. Campbell was effective returning kickoffs, taking handoffs and catching the football. That role became more streamlined in 2018 as he spent more time as a wide receiver, but watching him proves to be an interesting study. Despite eventually running a 4.31 40-yard dash at the combine, Campbell was not used extensively as a vertical receiver in that offense.

Campbell instead was used in the slot, in motion and even in the backfield as an underneath option more often, running horizontal routes and screens, where his burst, open-field vision and acceleration were extremely hard to defend. Watch him dart through a talented Michigan defense on this short catch, turning it into a long gain, which should give you an idea of how he was utilized (2:18 mark):
It’s hard not to compare Campbell, style-wise, to former Ohio State weapon Curtis Samuel, who played the same position for the Buckeyes, or even a slightly less explosive and physical version of Percy Harvin, who was the original inspiration for the role Campbell played in Meyer’s system.

Campbell has worked hard on his hands (drops plagued him early in his career) and route running under the tutelage of former NFL receiver Brian Hartline and has an upward trajectory in these departments. If Campbell can continue working on his ability to win downfield – not just with his speed but with his ball-tracking ability – he could be a special weapon in an NFL offense.

Fun fact: Campbell was a little-known recruit who wasn’t blazing the recruiting trails when he took the field to help his high school try to win a state title as a junior. At halftime, Campbell was having a big game and he caught wind of some breaking news from former Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant: Urban Meyer was a fan of his game. After halftime, an energized Campbell scored his third TD of the game and his team won the state title. Shortly thereafter, he committed to the Buckeyes.