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Would Panthers trade out?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 17, 2011 – 12:11 pm

With pre-draft speculation just beginning to move into second gear with the NFL Combine next week, the talk has already begun about the top pick which is held by Carolina. Would they trade out to stockpile more with a plethora of needs?

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay tried to assess the possibility believing the Panthers would if they could find a trade partner.

“If they could get someone to trade with them I think they would,” McShay said. “It’s a matter of getting a team to pay the price of money and picks to move up there. There are so many questions this year with the CBA and the salary pool. There’s a strong possibility that you’re not paying nearly as much for the number one overall pick in terms of guaranteed money. I think that gets Carolina a better chance of moving out, but you don’t want to have to pay the number of picks to move up to number one because then you lose out on the opportunity to fortify your roster. Most teams are not willing to give up the picks needed to get to the number one spot.”

McShay is right that if a rookie wage scale is part of a new labor agreement that it would enhance Carolina’s chances of finding a trade partner, but whether that will even be known by the draft at the end of April is completely up in the air.

For what it’s worth McShay has Carolina taking Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers first overall in his most recent mock draft.


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