2009 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers, Pick 59

Allen LoppCorrespondent IApril 10, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 13: Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish gets away from the grasp of Ron Brace #60 of the Boston College Eagles on October 13, 2007 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers are now on the clock.

With the 59th Pick in the 2009 NFL Draft the Carolina Panthers Select...Ron Brace.

Ron Brace is 6-foot-3, 324 pounds, and a senior out of Springfield, MA.

Brace attended Boston College the last four years and was considered the second defensive tackle while playing beside of B.J. Raji.

Ron Brace is a Monster of an interior lineman with a good first step off the ball for his size. He can devour blockers on the inside and does a nice job of handling the point of attack. Brace knows how to handle double teams and he possesses good flexibility for his size along with long arms and a good rip move to relinquish off the shoulder of the opponent.

Ron Brace, although he does have a good upside, has a couple of weaknesses.

He was never the center of attention on the Boston College defense and never faced consistent double-teams. Brace needs to keep his weight in check. He lacks great mobility and isn’t expected to be much of a pass rush threat at the next level.

Although he does have a downside, I think his upside outweighs it, and the Panthers should draft him to help shore up the defensive line.