2011 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Rounds with the Carolina Panthers

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Rounds with the Carolina Panthers
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Thursday is every football fan’s unofficial holiday, the 2011 NFL Draft.

This draft will be a first for me, as I have never seen a draft without a free agent period or one before a possibly cancelled season. If this isn’t bad enough, the Panthers have the No.1 overall pick, and the only player worthy of a No.1 pick decided he likes his dorm more than being the face of a franchise.

This was just another disappointment in a long line of disappointments Panthers fans and the Panthers' team has suffered through.

Carolina dumps almost everyone over the age of 30, leaving a team with just rookies and players still learning to play the game. Then, because the owners opted out of the CBA, the rules of an uncapped year denied Carolina from signing players like James Anderson, Jon Beason and DeAngelo Williams to long-term deals. Follow all this with the fact that Carolina went 2-14, almost made Jeff Davidson play quarterback and are now constantly reminded of the fact that they made one of the worst draft day trades in recent memory. This all makes for a very rough year for Panther nation.

The good news is the Panthers actually have a first-round pick this year. The Panthers have nine picks overall, but the question is who will be drafted? It could almost be anyone since Carolina has a few positions that need to be stocked, but with no certainty about what will happen with free agency, it really is anyone’s guess.

These are not set in stone, but they will provide you something to think about. I will provide ideal (my pick), actual (who the front office will probably pick) and hypothetical (it could happen) picks for each round.

Will I be right? We will see.

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