Carolina Panthers Draft Picks Sherrod Martin - Captain Munnerlyn

Allen LoppCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24:  Defensive back Sherrod Martin of Troy runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Sherrod Martin was the 59th pick overall in the NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers:

Terrific athlete with good height along with great speed and acceleration.

Very physical an excellent tackler and will deliver the big hit.

Active and aggressive with very good range.

Nice hands and ball skills.

Offers some versatility also has solid intangibles.

Has some health and durability concerns. A little older than the average prospect could stand to add weight and bulk up.

Hails from the same college program that produced Osi Umenyiora, DeMarcus Ware and Leodis McKelvin.

Played free safety in college but will likely be tried at cornerback in the pros.

Will be a 25-year old rookie in 2009. Redshirted in 2006 after undergoing surgery to repair torn labrums in both of his shoulders.

Missed a couple of games after breaking three bones in his hand in 2007.

He has displayed a lot of perseverance over the years, and had a great senior campaign and really improved his draft stock.

With the 93 pick in the NFL draft the Carolina Panthers picked Corvey Irvin:

He has long arms with a square build and room for additional growth.

Adequate initial quickness off the snap.

Adequate lateral quickness to generate some pass rush from the interior.

He is learning to utilize his long arms to keep blockers off his body and locating the ball and plays with good hustle in pursuit.

Good lower leg drive to anchor against the run.

Gets his arms up to provide obstacles in the passing lanes.

Improved throughout the week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

Raw and lacks the eye-popping athleticism to indicate high upside.

Not quick enough off the snap or when moving laterally to generate much of a pass rush.

Only short-area quickness he needs an open lane to close

Adequate size and strength to hold up against the run, but struggles to disengage.

With the 111th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft the Carolina Panthers Draft Mike Goodson:

Lean, athletic build, but one that seems better suited to wide receiver in the NFL.

Rare speed and agility and quick to and through the hole.

Can make defenders miss in tight spaces and flashes exceptional elusiveness in the open field also has rare balance and the ability to cut at top speed in either direction.

Experienced receiver out of the backfield.

Runs with functional power, despite less than ideal strength, as he keeps his legs churning and spins out of tackles.

A threat to go the distance every time he has the ball in his hands.

Lacks experience as a special teams returner, but has the potential to be a standout in this area 

Lacks the bulk to be an every-down back.

Marginal leg drive for short-yardage situations.

Undeniable athleticism, but Goodson's production dropped in each of his three seasons with the Aggies and it can't be blamed on just touches as his yards per carry also dropped each year.

Legitimate intangible red flags regarding his struggles to coexist with former Texas A&M head coach R.C. Slocum and his staff, as well as current head coach Mike Sherman and his staff, especially considering that Sherman publicly touted Goodson as the player the offense would be centered around when he took the position.

There are questions Goodson's toughness after he missed time with sprains in his neck, groin and right knee since last spring.

Tony Fiammette was the next draft pick of the Carolina Panthers:

Good natural athlete, decent timed speed, terrific blocker.

Has soft hands and is a threat out of the backfield and is extremely tough and physical.

Has excellent strength, with outstanding work ethic, nice instincts and awareness.

Versatile still has upside and he has lots of experience contains real mature.

A leader and  team captain.

He does not have very much experience carrying the ball does not very quick or elusive and lacks a burst.

Not extremely powerful and minor durability concerns.

First name is actually "Placido". He played in 44 games with the Orange. Broke his left leg in high school and missed some time with an ankle sprain, concussion and lower leg injury in college. Had a career-long 58-yard run against Cincinnati in his final college game.

The type who does all the little stuff that doesn't show up in box scores, and was grossly underutilized in college but he has the ability to be a weapon as a runner, receiver and blocker.

Duke Robinson was the Next Carolina Panther Drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft:



Robinson is a beast at guard.

He has all the tools and the mentality to be a pro bowler for many years in the league. He has very good size and the strength to dominate defenders at the point of attack.

He will drive his man off the ball and clear out consistent running lanes. Robinson is not just a mauler though, as he has impressive agility for a guard.

He quickly gets into his stance and easily adjusts to his mans moves, and keeps them in front of him.

Robinson is mean on the field and is always trying to find someone to hit or block until the whistle blows.

He may actually have the physical ability to slide out to right tackle.


Robinson is about as good a guard prospect as you can find. There really are no knocks in his game, unless you are trying to project him outside at tackle.

When you do that, his athleticism and agility drop a notch and aren’t as impressive.

Most of his experience is inside at guard and it could take some time to adjust to playing on the outside of the line.

With their last pick in the NFL draft the Carolina panthers draft Captain Munnerlyn:

Short, but has a legitimate NFL body.

Rare straight-line speed and agility also has loose hips to turn and run with receivers.

Good explosiveness out of his cuts and closes quickly and gets his hands on passes and he has soft hands for the interception and can high-point passes.

Good body control to contort in space and make the athletic catch.

Good returner with experience fielding both punts and kicks and plays with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Not afraid to mix it up with the big boys and is willing in run support.

Reliable open-field tackler who flashes surprising explosiveness as a hitter.Has forced three fumbles.





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