I think trading down is the best option for the Panthers. The value just isn't there for our needs. Between Brockers, Poe, Cox and Still, there is plenty of DT value available in this draft, and I think we can take advantage of that by trading down without much consequence.
Our trade partner here is the Eagles. They would do this because they sorely need linebacker help, and Luke Kuechly will be there at nine, but not 15.
Carolina would give up: 2012 first-rounder, 2012 fourth-rounder
Philly would give up: 2012 first-rounder, 2012 second-rounder
The way this would have to go down would be:
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck
2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis): Robert Griffin III
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil
4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trent Richardson
6. St. Louis Rams: Morris Claiborne
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Melvin Ingram
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill
9. Philadelphia Eagles (from CAR): Luke Kuechly
10. Buffalo Bills: Reilly Reiff
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Davis DeCastro
12. Seattle Seahawks: Quentin Coples
13. Arizona Cardinals: Michael Floyd
14. Dallas Cowboys: Dontari Poe
15. Carolina Panthers (from PHI): Dre Kirkpatrick
We could go in many directions here, with Cox or Brockers at DT (as I said, still the same players available at 9!), but I really like Dre Kirkpatrick here. He can cover extremely well and can come up and help against the run better than any other corner in this class. He's big, he's physical and he'd make a great addition to the Panthers secondary.
Then in the second round, I have us taking Alshon Jeffery at 40 and Brandon Thompson at 46.
An incoming crop of Kirkpatrick, Jeffery and Thompson would be absolutely incredible—the best draft the Panthers have had in quite some time, if not ever. It would immediately put them in position to win the division.