Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
I know what you're all thinking: Wherever you look and whoever you've turn to for a mock draft has this name engraved in your brain when talking about the Panthers first round selection this coming April: Sheldon Richardson, the outstanding defensive tackle from Missouri.
The Panthers indeed, appear to be poised for a defense-heavy draft to try and improve of a mostly average unit (13th against the pass, 14th against the run last year). My take on who they'll pick first however is slightly different: the NFC South is stacked with quarterbacks in Brees, Ryan and Freeman that like to pass and will do so early and often. It is also laden with big, tall wide receivers and tight ends the likes of Julio Jones, Roddy White, Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Vincent Jackson or Mike Williams.
For the foreseeable future, it seems that having success in the NFC South is going to take possessing a secondary that can match the strength and physicality of the new breed of strong and rangy wide receivers and tight ends. This is why with the 14th pick in the 2014 draft, the Panthers will stun the viewing crowd, much like the Seahawks did last year by selecting Bruce Irvin 15th overall, a pick that didn't turn out to be the disaster everyone anticipated.
To end the suspense that is undoubtedly killing you, the Panthers' selection will be Desmond Trufant, CB from the University of Washington. Trufant has good size as a corner at 6'0" 190 lbs, who in his four-year career with the Huskies, totaled nearly 200 tackles (with 151 of those being solo). He also had 6 INTs and 3 force fumbles with one returned for a TD. His numbers declined a bit during his senior season, but this was mostly due to teams not throwing his way.
With the recent release and subsequent retirement of Chris Gamble, the Panthers have an obvious need at cornerback and Trufant could come in and compete right away for a starting spot with incoming free agent signee D.J. Moore or incumbent Captain Munnerlyn whom the team recently re-signed for a short-term contract.
Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.
Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2013 CSC Community Draft Section.
|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||
OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
QB Geno Smith - West Virginia
||Dragon Ninja Warrior||48%|
CB Dee Milliner - Alabama
OT Eric Fisher - Central Mich.
DE Dion Jordan - Oregon
DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah - BYU
||Fan since the Aints||54%|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma
||Joseph Williams Stern||94%|
|8||Buffalo Bills||G Chance Warmack - Alabama
|9||NY Jets||S Kenny Vaccaro - Texas
|10||Tennessee Titans||G Jonathan Cooper - UNC
|11||San Diego Chargers||DT Sharrif Floyd - Florida
|12||Miami Dolphins||DT Star Lotulelei- Utah||Ralph Malbrough|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||CB Xavier Rhodes - Florida St.||jeff.l.b|
|14||Carolina Panthers||CB Desmond Trufant - Washington||Stilljreming|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Dave Cariello|
|16||St. Louis Rams||caomhin|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Fan since the Aints|
|22||St. Louis Rams (from Washington)||Kevin Held|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||Legatron Morstead|
|25||Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)||Fan since the Aints|
|26||Green Bay Packers||caomhin|
|29||New England Patriots||ShadowFlash|
|30||Atlanta Falcons||Dave Choate|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||BlackandGold4ever|