The Panthers could certainly use a game-breaking wide receiver, and picking 25th in the 2015 NFL Draft, the guys with flawless resumes will be gone.
But it seems safe to assume they won’t be using their first-rounder on former Missouri/Oklahoma wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, not based on General Manager Dave Gettleman’s response to a general question about character Tuesday.
Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Gettleman blew that possibility out of the sky, without even being asked about the player specifically.
“In terms of domestic violence, we made our statement,” Gettleman said, a clear reference to letting former franchise player Greg Hardy walk unfettered into the market.
Green-Beckham was investigated but not charged following a domestic violence incident, and also has drug issues in the past, making it easier for some teams to steer clear of a first-round talent.
Of course, drug issues alone might not be enough to knock a player off the Panthers’ radar, as Gettleman admitted having “more discussions” about some players with character questions this year. The Panthers brought pass-rusher marijuana test-failer Randy Gregory in for a visit, and Gettleman seemed to suggest that the scrutiny of players such as Gregory (and perhaps Shane Ray) was intense.
“It’s take no prisoners now,” Gettleman said of his interviews. “When they come in here, they get grilled pretty hard. We’re not hitting them with feather dusters; it’s two-by-fours. We have to find out what it’s about, what he’s about.”
Picking at the bottom of the first round, the Panthers might find a player who falls into their laps because of those questions. And it seems there are certain things they’ll abide, and certain things they won’t after paying Hardy $13.1 million for one game last year.