Panthers drafted Terrace Marshall at No. 59 after hearing Saints wanted him at No. 60

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The Panthers shifted gears at the last minute while they were on the clock in the second round of the draft, taking LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall with the 59th overall pick because they believed that the Saints, who had the 60th pick, were about to take him.

The Panthers had two players they particularly liked as the 59th pick approached: Marshall and BYU offensive tackle Brady Christensen. According to Darin Gantt of Panthers.com, Christensen was probably going to be the pick at 59, until the Panthers got a call tipping them off that the Saints were about to take Marshall 60th overall.

It’s unclear who the call came from, but the Panthers thought it was legitimate enough to make them take Marshall instead of Christensen. It worked out well for the Panthers, who later traded up to the 70th overall pick and got Christensen there.

The Saints ended up taking Ohio State linebacker Pete Werner with the 60th overall pick.

14 responses to “Panthers drafted Terrace Marshall at No. 59 after hearing Saints wanted him at No. 60

  1. Hard to understand Carolina’s thinking. Did they think Marshall would still be available with their next pick, so taking another player made sense?

  2. The Panthers should first worry about becoming a good team before they worry about other teams.

  3. The Panthers were strongly considering taking Marshall at 59. But they also wanted Christensen. They wanted both players, and they got both players. It wasn’t a matter of trying to screw the Saints or any other team. It was about the strategy to get both players, and it was successful. They might have had a higher a higher grade on Christensen, but they probably knew the rest of the league had Marshall rated higher, so they knew they had to get him first, and they’d still be able to get both players. Teams do that all the time, or at least they try. The fact that it was the Saints, and not the Buffalo Bills didn’t matter. It was all about the Panthers.

  4. That is why they say loose lips sink ships. The Saints need to find out who let the cat out of the bag and get rid of them. I am glad Carolina got him though.

  5. Or nobody called and whoever said this is just talking out of their mouths to make their staff look better.

  6. I understand charliecharger’s view of getting both players and actually getting them, but if they “always take the best player on their board” and they thought Christensen would still be there at 70, why wouldn’t they still have targeted Marshall id he was higher ranked on their board? Just another example of “best on the board at whatever position” is a tagline worth crud.

  7. Probably a bluff anyway. I don’t think Carolina is good enough to operate this way. lol

  8. They got both players. Taking Marshall at 59 and Christensen following at 70 was good drafting. It’s not like the Panthers selected Marshall and had to wait 30 picks to hope Christensen was there.

  9. “Thank Goodness for that random phone call while we were on the clock! We almost screwed up our draft entirely!” – Panthers braintrust

    Good luck with that, Panthers fans

  10. This was the pick (#59) they got from the Browns having moved back from #52. I think the Browns may have once and for all passed the baton of ineptitude.

  11. When you know how well Payton crafts an offense and are also aware you need work on your secondary, why not draft the guy? You just took a (potentially) dangerous weapon out of the Saints future arsenal and gave him to your guy Dalton to give him the help he wasn’t getting from the Jets.

  12. y2kfxdwg says:
    May 8, 2021 at 10:19 am
    I understand charliecharger’s view of getting both players and actually getting them, but if they “always take the best player on their board” and they thought Christensen would still be there at 70, why wouldn’t they still have targeted Marshall id he was higher ranked on their board? Just another example of “best on the board at whatever position” is a tagline worth
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    I doubt there has ever been a team that just took the highest rated player on the board, regardless. Sometimes you’re trying to explain a very complicated strategy, so you make your explanation real short and simple. For example, no team is going to pick 3 quarterbacks in successive rounds if they already have a franchise QB, just because those QB’s might have the highest grades. It’s a simplified explanation. I think it’s better to say we’re not going to reach for a player of need every year, and keep passing up blue chippers. You could literally stand up there for hours explaining your draft strategy, or you can answer a question in two seconds. Unlike myself, most teams choose the short version. lol

  13. That sounds like a terrible way to run you draft.

    With the way the Bucs are all loaded up I’m not sure why you’d think you need to draft players that the Saints have targeted.

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