Alright, it's early, but with Luck staying in school the first pick in the draft is wide open. The 1st pick will dictate the rest of the draft, so how do you think Carolina will pick?
This is how I think it'll go down:
Carolina could go several directions. If they fall for Gabbert or Mallett, he'll be the pick. I don't think that'll happen. Next year looks like a better QB class, so giving Clausen another chance and reentering the Luck sweepstakes is more likely.
This is a team that was devastated by injuries. Most people think they'll go with a DE, but with Charles Johnson (11.5 sacks), Everette Brown (IR/3.5 sacks), and Greg Hardy (3 sacks), I think they pass. They could really use a DT, so Fairley and Dareus will get a look, but I think it comes down to Peterson and Green.
At CB they have Gamble and Marshall, so Peterson is out. At WR, it starts to get ugly. They have Steve Smith, who is openly frustrated and possibly on his way out. Surely they'd love to resign him, but he needs someone to compliment him. Clowney and Lafell failed to take pressure off of him and Gettis was a pleasant surprise. If they select A.J. Green, it might be exactly what they need to entice Smith to stay. With Gettis as their #3, they'd have some nice firepower. There Oline will be back in tact next season, which sets the stage for Claussen to prove his worth. If he succeeds, great! If not, they have a shot at a top QB next year. It's a win-win situation.
I'm going with A.J.Green as the #1 pick in the draft.