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WCG Mock Draft- Carolina (#14)

14. Carolina- Greg Olsen, TE, Miami

At the #14 pick the Panthers narrowed down their focus to their team's three biggest needs (LB, S, and TE).  They could have easily went for someone like Levi Brown - OT, but with greater needs in other areas they decided to fill a huge hole.  That hole was at Tight End.

The Panthers got a total of 2 touchdowns and 316 receiving yards out of the TE position in 2006. To put that into perspective, 21 Tight Ends had more than 300 yards individually.  Kris Mangum, the Panthers leading TE ranked 38th among Tight Ends in receiving yards with 170.

To compliment WR Steve Smith and to challenge the middle of the field, the Panthers select the best TE available in the draft, Greg Olsen out of Miami (FL).

Olsen's stock has continued to climb after a great combine where he was arguably one of the best overall athletes to participate that weekend. He runs excellent routes, is fast (4.5 40yd), and has a frame that can take on more size.  The Panthers are hoping that they've found their next Wesley Walls.

Others that were considered (J. Beason, L. Brown, R. Nelson).

Drafter- RME JICO

On the clock- Pittsburgh Steelers (shawngoldman)  

2007 NFL Mock Draft - First Round
Pick Team Player Pos. College Drafter
1 Oakland Raiders JaMarcus Russell QB LSU bears fan louie
2 Detroit Lions Joe Thomas OT Wisconsin South Side Irish
3 Cleveland Browns Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech elagoalie11
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gaines Adams DE Clemson NoisewaterMD
5 Arizona Cardinals Alan Branch DT Michigan Chad
6 Washington Redskins Jamaal Anderson DE Arkansas Skin Patrol
7 Minnesota Vikings Brady Quinn QB Notre Dame IrishGush
8 Atlanta Falcons LaRon Landry S LSU Coach Owens
9 Miami Dolphins Amobi Okoye DT Louisville McRipper
10 Houston Texans Adrian Peterson RB Oklahoma Scruffy Lefty
11 San Francisco 49ers Patrick Willis LB Ole Miss RME JICO
12 Buffalo Bills Paul Posluszny LB Penn St. Brian G
13 St. Louis Rams Adam Carriker DE Nebraska tyger1147
14 Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen TE Miami RME JICO