Panthers Want Out of the First Pick and Want to Get A.J. Green?

In a move that would shake up the entire draft, the Charlotte Observer reports today that the Panthers, who own the #1 overall pick, could decide to trade that pick and get out of that top slot and go with A.J. Green, the wide out who some say could be the first overall pick anyway.

What does Steve Smith’s house being on the market have to do with Cam Newton? Smith’s uncertain situation could affect how the Panthers approach the draft. Some have pointed to the Panthers’ visit with Georgia WR A.J. Green as a smokescreen to cover their interest in Cam Newton. But the Panthers could be looking at Green — not with the top pick, but a slightly lower one if they convince a team to trade up — as a replacement for Smith. Assuming a labor deal is struck, Smith then could be used as trade bait for a veteran quarterback, or at a minimum, to acquire future draft picks.

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