NFL Trade Rumors: Could Carolina Trade Back into Round 2?
NFL Trade Rumors Ponder Likelihood Of Panthers Returning to Round 2 of NFL Draft
The Carolina Panthers come into the second day of the draft as the subject of plenty of NFL trade rumors, after they surprised almost no one with their selection of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the first overall pick of the draft on Thursday night.
Now, the Panthers are forced to play the waiting game. Thanks to a trade made last season, Carolina doesn't have a second-round pick at the moment, and their next choice comes in at number 65 overall, which could cost them valuable chances to find more pieces to fit into their currently porous puzzle.
But, according to ESPN's Pat Yaskinas, there's a good chance that could change. He believes Carolina will be looking to move back into the second round, thanks to their pair of third round picks.
Per Yaskinas' report:
"Carolina coach Ron Rivera told Paolantonio the Panthers are at least attempting to move back into the second round of this draft. They gave up that pick last year as part of a trade to take receiver Armanti Edwards in the third round."
"According to Paolantonio, Rivera said the Panthers are calling around to gauge interest in possible trades. The coach said this year’s third-round pick could be part of the package, along with an early-round pick in 2012."
If you ask me, that sounds like a pretty smart idea. The fact is, the Panthers could really use some help on the defensive line and in the wide receiver corps, and without a second round pick, they risk missing out on some of the great values still on the board in Friday's second round.
With two third round picks, thanks to the untradeable compensatory pick at the end of the round, Carolina suddenly has a pick to work with this year to get back into round 2. Where could they wind up?
Given the way the first round went, I'm sure there will be plenty of teams more than happy to trade back into the third round, assuming the Panthers give them another pick from next season on top. Given the kind of value lurking in this year's second round, it would be incredibly smart for the Panthers to try and make a move back in now, especially given their needs at defensive end.
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