It’s more than likely posturing by Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney, but he has thrown another wrench in the loop as far as possible number one overall picks that the Panthers could take when they pick first in the NFL Draft.
Hurney is heading to the the University of Georgia tomorrow, where he stated that he wants to see Bulldogs receiver A.J. Green at Georgia’s Pro Day. Hurney told Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com that Green is one of about five to seven players the Panthers are thinking about when it comes to the first overall pick.
“That’s where we’re at,’’ Hurney said. “We certainly are going to look at the quarterbacks, but we’re also in the process of trying to gather as much information as possible on the other players that we think qualify for that area.’’
Now again, Hurney isn’t going to play his cards when it comes to stating who the team is going to take, but Green is nowhere near worth the first overall pick. This is a team that needs desperate help on the D-line, as well as they need a game-breaker at the QB spot (Cam Newton anyone?!).
Green has in some mock drafts gone as late as 7-10 overall, and when you talk about first overall names that could go to the Panthers, this is the first his name has come up.
Bottom line – Green is a nice player, but he won’t be a Panther come a month and a week from now.