OK kids, let's have a little fun with this one. So far, the Panthers mock drafts have been by the book, using their (yawn) five picks to acquire the linemen they need along with a few surprises.
But where's the adventure in that? Panthers GM Marty Hurney refers to trades being "part of the fun," of the draft, so let's make a few for him, and add some picks.
With that said, how would you feel about the following?
* 2-34 -- C-G Max Unger, Oregon
2-59 -- DE Lawrence Sidbury, Richmond
3-93 -- CB Sherrod Martin, Troy
4-128 -- DT Corvey Irvin, Georgia
** 6-194 -- G-T Cornelius Lewis, Tennessee State
** 6-195 -- DT Chris Baker, Hampton
6-202 -- WR Brooks Foster, North Carolina
Now, the first (*) they hypotehtically picked up by giving New England's next year's first-rounder for this year's second. The Patriots love adding future picks, and Hurney hates sitting around watching all this action happen without him.
The (**) next two would be a simple trade-down with Philadelphia, coughing up this year's fifth-rounder (163) for a pair of sixths. The value's almost dead-on.
With those extra two picks, the Panthers could make some hay, or at least bring in the kind of cheap labor they're going to need if they keep Julius Peppers and his $16.683 million millstone on the books.
Unger could start right away of for some reason Keydrick Vincent's not ready, or at the very least next year when Vincent's contract is up. Sidbury's a guy I love, and not just for the way he destroyed Appalachian State and the rest of I-AA last year. Foster's a potential steal, as his late-season knee injury kept him from running for teams this spring.