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Panthers, Broncos each have four players in mind for top two picks

Alabama's Dareus tackles Duke's Varner during their NCAA football game in Durham Reuters

A day before the NFL draft, the teams owning the first and second overall picks are internally debating who to take, with both teams down to four players on their lists.

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio is stationed in Carolina this week, where he reports that the Panthers have narrowed their list to four players they might take first overall: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson and Georgia receiver A.J. Green.

Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera plan to make their final decision today and present that decision to Panthers owner Jerry Richardson tonight, although Hurney wants to keep all options open until the Panthers turn in the draft card, meaning the Panthers are still open to listening if some team wants to contact them about a trade.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Ed Werder is stationed in Denver and says the Broncos are also down to four players with the No. 2 overall pick: Dareus, Peterson, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller.

Our money is on the Panthers taking Newton and the Broncos taking Dareus. We’ll find out for sure in about 28 hours.

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15 Responses to “Panthers, Broncos each have four players in mind for top two picks”
  1. moochzilla says: Apr 27, 2011 4:23 PM

    Ya mean they’re not going to pass on all their picks and sign kids from Lehigh for minimum wage?

    Like some of the pro-owner geniuses on here want to do?

    Ya mean the actual owners intend to act like businessmen?

    No way!

  2. EJ says: Apr 27, 2011 4:23 PM

    Von Miller to Buffalo!!

  3. chadmurdigan says: Apr 27, 2011 4:26 PM

    I’ll bet every Hardee’s burger in North Carolina that Jerry Richardson is not going to give a green light to drafting Cam Newton with the Panther’s No. 1 pick.

    My money says Panthers pick Marcell Dareus.

  4. ijr213 says: Apr 27, 2011 4:30 PM

    Warren Moon now thinks the Broncos are racist because he’s not on their board.

  5. feldman9000 says: Apr 27, 2011 4:37 PM

    My money is that you buy into hype. My money is that Cam Newton slips to the foreskins and they waste money on him. My money? A.J. Green. That locker and luxury box Smith had can be quickly occupied. Here’s to 0-16 and Andrew Luck next year.

  6. packerrube13 says: Apr 27, 2011 4:59 PM

    Ha ha Cam Newton. This still makes me laugh. How come these teams never learn? Drafting players on pure potential in the top ten always ends badly. He will set that franchise back another 5-7 years.

  7. crazy2bbengals says: Apr 27, 2011 5:01 PM

    Its the day before the draft, if the Panthers have not settled on a player they need to be slapped!

  8. whatswiththehate says: Apr 27, 2011 5:08 PM

    So the ESPN guy said that th Panthers have narrow they picks down to the same four who have been the same four since last week.. And what makes this a narrow dowing of picks?
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    chadmurdigan says:
    Apr 27, 2011 4:26 PM
    I’ll bet every Hardee’s burger in North Carolina that Jerry Richardson is not going to give a green light to drafting Cam Newton with the Panther’s No. 1 pick.

    My money says Panthers pick Marcell Dareus.
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    And why is that? So you don’t have a problem with a kid violating NCAA rules as long as the media isn’t constantly throwing it in his face and using it to hold him back. Yeah…keep judging Cam because the media tells u too.

  9. broncobourque says: Apr 27, 2011 5:28 PM

    I hope the Broncos take Dareus since he fills their biggest need and seems like the safest pick of any player in the draft. If they can trade down a few spots and still get him that would obviously be ideal. I also think the Panthers are locked in on Newton, other than the possibility of someone paying a bounty to trade up and get him.

  10. Matt Lechner says: Apr 27, 2011 5:28 PM

    Newton goes 1, Dareus goes 2 and then the real fun begins — http://bit.ly/NFLMockDraft8

  11. Deb says: Apr 27, 2011 5:28 PM

    The Panthers would be out of their minds to use the first overall pick on a QB who’s played 14 games in a simplified run-based spread offense and has ZERO experience running a complex pro offense or reading a complex pro defense. No rookie cap is in place now. You don’t pay $50 million to a guy who’s going to sit on the bench at least a couple of years–especially not when he’ll be learning under … Jimmy Clausen.

    Having said that … as a Bama fan … I hope Dareus goes to the Broncos. Want the best for my Tide players, and think he’d have a better competitive shot with Denver on a Fox defense.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Apr 27, 2011 6:00 PM

    Lies, lies, lies. They each have only one. Wait til tomorrow night and they’ll say that their pick was the only one on their board. “Never had a second thought.”

  13. granadafan says: Apr 27, 2011 7:27 PM

    “whatswiththehate says:
    Apr 27, 2011 5:08 PM
    Yeah…keep judging Cam because the media tells u too.”

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    Uh, no. The vast majority of us are able to tell right from wrong and know who the thieves are. The media have exposed the Newtons as cheaters, something Auburn or Cam’s dad weren’t going to report, but honest citizens know a bad seed when we see one.

  14. denverdave3 says: Apr 27, 2011 8:41 PM

    Cam is a clone of Tebow but Tebow was said to be second or third round talent, while Cam is first overall? go figure. The truth is Tebow will be better because he is still hungry. Cam will be contents with his 40 million and coast.

  15. cassrangers says: Apr 27, 2011 9:39 PM

    why does everyone that defends Cam Newton always talk about his NCAA violations?? Acting like people out there ragging on him give a rats ass about them?? No, sorry people, nobody here is saying we don’t think Cam Newton is going to be a bad QB in the NFL because of his character, we’re saying he is going to be a bad QB in the NFL because he isn’t GOOD enough… I saw a similar player get the same media hype in JaMarcus Russell years back… I said he’d be a mega bust, and I don’t think Newton will be any different… You just have to be able to throw the ball better than Newton does to succeed at the next level, sorry… and as for racism? That ship has sailed fellas’.. If Carolina is smart, they take the best player available, cause they can use help at virtually every position, and Newton isn’t the best player available. You can’t give up on Clausen that fast, the guy sucked at ND as a freshman, and then got much better then next 2 years, and the guy has great ball, great accuracy.. stuff that can’t be taught, you can’t give up on that after 1 season. Especially playing for a team that was terrible in every regard, not just the passing game.. they did nothing to help the kid.. take Green or Jones, or Def…. or just trade down… and team with so many holes, that’s what they really need to do, collect as many picks as they can

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