, N.C. (AP) — Panthers general manager Marty Hurney methodically addressed the Carolina’s most pressing needs, checking off one-by-one during the three-day NFL draft.Carolina selected defensive end Brian Burns from Florida State with the 16th overall pick, giving them a potential long-term replacement for future Hall of Famer Julius Peppers, who retired in February.Then, with offensive tackles flying off the board, Hurney moved up 10 spots in the second round to land Mississippi offensive tackle Greg Little filling a huge need at left tackle. The Panthers cut ties with Matt Kalil earlier this offseason after a knee injury derailed his entire season a year ago. The injury prompted Carolina to sign free agent Chris Clark early last season and start him at left tackle.Later Hurney went after quarterback Will Grier, a hometown kid, in round three to be Cam Newton’s backup and potential long-term replacement. Newton’s contract expires after the 2012 season. Grier Sheldrick Redwine Jersey
, who was fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, gives the Panthers a more reliable option in case Newton struggles in his recovery from shoulder surgery.“What was really cool is we were able to address the three feature positions if you think about it: the rusher, the tackle and now the quarterback,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “We’re feeling good about what happened today. It was a good day for us.”Although the Panthers had to give up one of their third round picks to move to get Little, Hurney said it had to be done.“Being able to get up and get the left tackle and then being able to get a young, talented quarterback that you think has some promise in the future — that’s a pretty good day,” Hurney said. “Then you add it to a pass rusher (Burns) and, as Ron said http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-austin-seibert-jersey
, there are three of the five premium positions where you have added guys.”SURPRISE MOVEThe Panthers went out and got another edge rusher in the fourth round, taking Christian Miller from Alabama. That’s not necessarily a huge surprise given their lack of a pass rush last season — they were 27th in the league in sacks — but it will be interesting to see where Miller fits into the rotation. He has the versatility to drop into coverage, too.WHO ELSE THEY GOTAlong the aforementioned four picks, the Panthers also selected running back Jordan Scarlett from Florida in the fifth round. Carolina traded down in the sixth round and picked up South Carolina offensive tackle Dennis Daley and wide receiver Trey Godwin from Georgia with its final two picks.HOW THEY DIDThe Panthers addressed all of their concerns, almost in a methodical manner from most pressing need on the down the list.WHAT’S NEXT?Carolina could look to fill in a few other areas with a low-priced veteran, including possibly at linebacker and safety. Perhaps no team in the last 15 years has had a greater series of failed drafts than the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders last made the playoffs in 2003 and haven’t had a winning season since, coming closest with an 8-8 record in both 2010 and 2011. With eight top 10 picks since 2004 and very little to show for it, one is left wondering what might have been had management and ownership made some more informed decisions at the draft. Of course hindsight is 20-20 Trysten Hill Jersey
, but the beauty of counterfactual thinking is that it allows us to imagine a world in which the errors of the past were corrected. What sort of dynasty might exist if these series of first round failures and botched trades had gone down differently?Playing the part of a wiser general manager, I undertake the task of redrafting every Raiders first round pick since 2001. Keep in mind, the Raiders were actually quite successful in the early 2000s, with a string of postseason appearances, two AFC Championship games, and their Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay in the 2002-03 season. This makes those picks less disastrous since they fell late in the first round. However, there was still talent available that fell further and I examine just how strong this team could have been.One final note: the Raiders made a couple of ill-advised trades in 2011 that resulted in no first round picks in either 2011 or 2012. I still examine those years, pointing out some guys that could have been good selections had the Raiders retained those picks http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-connor-mcgovern-jersey
, but I make no official selections since the picks didn't exist. This list primarily examines replacement options for players actually drafted by the Raiders, seeking to construct the ultimate Oakland Raiders fantasy roster. Given that the 2015 draft class has yet to prove themselves on the field, we'll leave that group alone and assume that the Raiders' selection of Amari Cooper will pay off. With all that in mind, here are the draft choices that should/could have been.