The stupidest thing the Panthers could have done was come right out and say "If Luck's in, we're taking him". Why would he want to leave a good situation at Stanford and go to THAT offensive line? Why go to a team that'll win 4 games next year and get a concussion in your rookie year?
(edited by It's False on 6.1.11 1642)
"This is the worst kind of discrimination - the kind against me!"
I think Carolina is in a perfect position. Use the #1 pick this year, strengthen the defense. Should there be a 2011 season, you have the talent that is Jimmy Claussen at QB, so they should be in a solid position to get Luck with the #1 pick after next season.
I do think it's too soon to give up entirely on Clausen. It's not as if he had some great team surrounding him that he was dragging down. He got thrown to the wolves early. Yes, Bradford (and Sanchez last year) had much greater success, but they were on better teams and, well, sometimes you're the lucky guy and sometimes you're the punching bag. Hell, if Matt Leinart was still getting chances to fail years later, there's no reason why Clausen doesn't have time to keep trying. At least he made a shitload of money in the attempt.
"Never piss off a hawk with a blowgun" - Conan O'Brien
The Panthers COULD have tried to get someone who fell past the first-round, like we've seen lots of QBs do over the years, but they traded their second-round pick in this year's draft (which is #33 overall) to New England. To draft Armanti Edwards. Because any time you can trade a valuable draft pick next year for a converted-FCS-QB-to-WR, you have to do it.
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
Oh, no doubt about that, but they're not going to be asking him to start. He'll be part of a 4 man DT rotation, which would allow him to stay more fresh and make more of an impact. He's still got years left, he's just too big to play every down.