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Panthers: No decisions yet, no trade offers for top pick

Jerry Richardson, Danny Morrison, Marty Hurney AP

With less than a week to go before the first round of the NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers say they haven’t decided what they’ll do with the first overall pick — and haven’t heard from any other teams that want the pick.

“If the draft was tomorrow we could go ahead and make decisions,”
Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney said Thursday night, “but we have a week left and we’re going to continue to refine those decisions.”

Almost everyone thinks the Panthers will take Auburn quarterback Cam Newton first overall. Hurney says the Panthers don’t know yet if that’s what they’ll do, but he did say he likes Newton.

“Obviously, like the rest of the players that are at the top of the board, we’ve spent a lot of time with Cam. It’s been a very good experience,” Hurney said. “I think he’s a very talented player that is extremely competitive. I think being successful in the NFL is very important to him.”

Hurney said he wouldn’t be surprised if someone makes an offer for the first overall pick next week, and that he wasn’t sure if he’d accept such an offer.

“We’ve got a week,” Hurney said. “Who knows?”

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11 Responses to “Panthers: No decisions yet, no trade offers for top pick”
  1. weneedlinemen42 says: Apr 22, 2011 8:20 AM

    So the Broncos and Panthers both claim that they’ve received no offers.

    Makes that rumour about the Redskins are “trying like mad” to trade up look pretty dubious. Well, even more dubious.

  2. Kave Krew says: Apr 22, 2011 9:02 AM

    Maybe the plan is to Viking the pick – miss your turn – and then pick 3rd…..

  3. ftblfan9 says: Apr 22, 2011 9:24 AM

    That’s what he is saying. What he is thinking is, Dear God, my entire career is going to hinge on how Cam Newton performs. How could I be in such a bad spot?

  4. panther1116 says: Apr 22, 2011 9:35 AM

    After being pumped up about getting Andrew Luck,Cam Newton just isn’t that appealing.Definitley a huge downgrade in comparison.Carolina would just be “settling” for Cam Newton.

  5. thespeaker08 says: Apr 22, 2011 9:40 AM

    Maybe they should make a typical Panthers move and trade the pick to the Patriots so they can have their 18th first round pick in the past three years.

    Of course, you have to do it so it makes sense. Trade this years #1 for next years first pick of the 2nd round and a 5th round selection this year. How do the Patriots get away with such unfair trades? How do teams keep making them? Why is that team always the Panthers?

  6. micronin127 says: Apr 22, 2011 9:44 AM

    Teams may want to trade up, but not to #1 overall.

    After the contract Sam Bradford got last year as a baseline you are looking at $60 million guaranteed and the best player available is a cornerback.

    With that much money committed you really have to hope you are getting the next Matt Ryan and not the next Matt Leinart.

  7. eaglesfan290 says: Apr 22, 2011 11:10 AM

    No one has traded up to # 1 in how many years and we are to believe they actually have an offer?

    LOL yeah not with this QB class!

  8. moneymike23 says: Apr 22, 2011 11:26 AM

    How does Marty Hurney still have a job w/ this team?

    Anyway, take Dareus and make Clausen starting QB so they can go 2-14 again and take Andrew Luck w/ 1st pick next year.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Apr 22, 2011 12:52 PM

    Smoke and mirrors. …. And the Redskins trade their first second third and next years first to Carolina to pick, ah, ah, never mind.

  10. byrmcph says: Apr 22, 2011 2:02 PM

    If I was newton I wouldn’t want to go to caroliona…that situation is not the place for a rookie qb that really needs to learn the pro game… new coach, aging wideouts, injury prone running backs (plus one of them may be gone), no veteran to learn from, just not a good place to start a career. I watched every Auburn game last year and as talented as newton is and the way he carried them to a nc I can’t see him being successful in this situation……AS a fan of newton hopefully the panthers take someone else.

  11. feldman9000 says: Apr 27, 2011 3:40 PM

    @byrmcph

    really? aging wideouts? Everyone but smith is barely legal.

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