The Panthers are preparing like they've got a lot of picks, even though they have just five.
And judging by their travel plans, they're apparently thinking about something better than the 59th overall choice, the first one they have at the moment.
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Already this week, they've eye-balled several first-round prospects. Monday, coach John Fox was at Georgia Tech to watch DE Michael Johnson, while GM Marty Hurney and new defensive coordinator Ron Meeks were at Utah to watch DE Paul Kruger and CB Sean Smith.
Those three figure to go anywhere from the late first to the early second round.
Tuesday, Hurney and O-line coach Dave Magazu were at Arkansas, where the Razorbacks have some interesting line prospects, led by C Jonathan Luigs.
Granted, they scout everyone, top to bottom, and have never set a bar where they wouldn't investigate a kid because they thought he'd go higher than where they pick. The way they like to trade picks and move around, that would be lunacy.
But it sure does look like they're planning on having more than those five cards they've got in their hand right now. When or if they move DE Julius Peppers, their draft class will grow considerably, and they might pick up a late something for CB Ken Lucas.
That means preparing for anything, and it makes for a long month on the road.
-- Also Tuesday, Denver signed DT J'Vonne Parker. He was an exclusive rights free agent they didn't tender, so it's clear they didn't think much of him during his short audition. Basically, he was a one-week rental at the end of the regular season, when all the big guys were hurt.
He's big (and also really bright and funny), but he's bounced all over the league, and those things rarely happen by accident.