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Panthers to move back?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2012 – 12:08 pm

According to the Charlotte Observer, the Carolina Panthers are looking to move back in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. That’s significant for Buffalo, which holds the pick right after them.

The main motive  for the Panthers is to try and recoup the third-round pick they lost this year in the Greg Olsen trade last year. According to the report by Joe Person, the Jets might be interested as they covet South Carolina DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, who ironically is visiting with the Bills on a pre-draft visit today (Tuesday).

The Jets have 10 total draft choices, but only four are in the first five rounds, and another four are compensatory and can’t be traded. New York doesn’t have a fourth round selection. To move up from their spot at 16 to 9, the Jets would have to likely part with a second-round pick to get a deal done (be it this year of future year) otherwise a player would have to be involved.  

With the Panthers holding the pick right before the Bills, a trade by Carolina could compromise who the Bills have targeted at 10. Also if Carolina is able to swing a trade it could possibly reduce opportunities for the Bills to move out of their pick at 10 should they choose to do so.


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