2012 NFL Draft: Carolina's Options for a Second-Round Draft Pick

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2012 NFL Draft: Carolina's Options for a Second-Round Draft Pick
Luke Kuechly was selected in the first round by the Carolina Panthers

Luke Kuechly became the Carolina Panthers first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Now that the Panthers' first round is over, it’s time to take a deep breath and then turn our attention to the second round. The Panthers have the eighth pick in the second round, and there are a lot of good choices that will be there then.

To note, the second round is particularly important for the Panthers because they have no pick in the third round. The Panthers traded their third-round pick to the Chicago Bears when they acquired Greg Olsen.

Creating a list of potential candidates should be fairly easy task in comparison to generating a complete mock draft. For instance, if you create a complete mock draft and predict the Panthers will go with a defensive tackle in the second round and the Panthers choose one in the first, then your predictions might be way off. 

There’s also no guarantee that a team won’t trade its pick during a particular round.

All these variables and complex situational circumstances make it really difficult to make successful predictions. That’s probably why mock drafts are so much fun to make, and I give a lot of credit to all those who are making them.

I’ve prepared a list of possible draft prospects for the second round, based on popularity and, more importantly, areas that the Panthers will look to improve in.

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