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Deals abound, but without Panthers

From an excitement standpoint, Thursday night was a dud for the Panthers, with the flurry of deals in the middle of the first round happening without them.

The good news is, they now have an extra day to let the dust settle, giving them a chance to decide if they want to make something happen at the top of the second round tonight.

After a day of sitting idle, the trigger finger might just get itchy.

So much for my brilliant plan, outlined in Thursday's editions, for the Panthers to trade into the top of the second round to draft California defensive tackle Tyson Alualu.

The Jacksonville Jaguars killed that one when they took Alualu 10th overall, or about 20 spots earlier than most figured he was going off the board.

Given that the Jaguars are coached by Jack Del Rio - a coach of like mind to John Fox - it is reasonable to think Alualu was very much on the Panthers' radar.

Denver stole the night's attention by moving up and down the board and ending up with quarterback Tim Tebow in the 25th spot.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has a bright offensive mind, and coordinator Mike McCoy (the former Panthers quarterbacks coach) clearly has some experience working with nonconventional passers.

Tebow might never develop into a Pro Bowl quarterback, but his leadership and intangibles have to remind McCoy a little bit of Jake Delhomme. If they could get six good years, a couple of championship games and a Super Bowl appearance out of him, it was a good move.

You have to wonder what becomes of wide receiver Roy Williams in Dallas.

The Cowboys' last big trade acquisition (costing them first-, third- and sixth-round picks) never made the kind of splash he was supposed to have. First he was leap-frogged by Miles Austin, then the Cowboys made a trade Thursday night to nab Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant.

We'll find out soon if New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is for sale.

The Giants had South Florida's Jason Pierre-Paul fall into their laps at 15, giving them a glut of that commodity the Panthers need.

Umenyiora is 28 and has three years of contract left at roughly $10 million. While it might not be the way they'd rather go, the Panthers might now need to look into dealing for veteran help.

If the Panthers had held onto the 17th overall pick, they probably wouldn't have chosen Idaho guard Mike Iupati.

But you can't blame the 49ers for doing so. Their blocking was atrocious last year, but after adding the power guard along with Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis with the 11th pick, San Francisco made both quarterback Alex Smith and running back Frank Gore better.

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