Apologies for the late start today, ladies and gentlemen. . .bit of a busy day over here already in the real world. We'll get back to the movie tournament tomorrow, making sure that all of the match-ups still get the requisite 72 hours worth of voting time.
But now, it's time to start the 2011 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft. Basically, I'll take brief look at each team, and present a number of options that I think make sense for each team's pick in that spot. As a result, some teams may have more available options than others. So, without any further ado, let's start with the Carolina Panthers, possessors of the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.To put things as mildly as I can, the 2010 Carolina Panthers were a train wreck. They won just two games, and averaged a miserable 12.2 points a game offensively while giving up 25.5 points a contest. When you give up twice as many points as you score, on average, that really isn't a formula that's conducive to winning football.
As you'd expect for a 2-14 team, the Panthers could use help all over the place. Their defensive line is, to borrow a line from Paul Simon, soft in the middle now. Their quarterback situation is murky, despite having spent a second-round pick in 2010 on Jimmy Claussen. Though the circumstances were trying, Claussen was pretty disastrous as the Panthers' QB last year, compiling a 1-9 record and throwing just three touchdown passes to nine interceptions. The cornerback spot could also be an issue for the Panthers, particularly if they lose the underrated Richard Marshall in free agency, whenever that finally gets underway.
So, the Panthers have lots of options with the first overall selection, particularly in a draft like this one where there really doesn't seem to be a consensus top overall pick. So, with that, who do you think the Panthers should go with at the top of the draft? Feel free to make your case in the comments section as well. Voting will be open for 24 hours.