offensive lineman with one of their four top 100 picks?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomPanthers 2019 NFL DraftFull seven round Carolina Panthers mock draftNew Blue Kawann Short Jersey ,40commentsWhat happens if the Panthers don’t grab an offensive lineman with one of their four top 100 picks?EDTShareTweetShareShareFull seven round Carolina Panthers mock draftChuck Cook-USA TODAY SportsAs you probably already know, the 2019 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET. The Carolina Panthers, if they decide to stay put at pick No. 16, will be on the clock around 9:30-10:00 p.m. ET, where a franchise-shifting pick could be made. I took a stab at predicting each of the Panthers draft picks using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Simulator based on a combination of need, best player available, and Marty Hurney’s past tendencies. Round 1, Pick No. 16: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi StateWho else was available: Greedy Williams, DK Metcalf, Jonah Williams, Devin Bush, Cody FordMontez Sweat is a freak of nature. The only thing keeping him out of the top ten at the moment is a heart condition that was discovered recently. According to Tom Pelissero, there has never been a known active NFL player to deal with the condition Sweat is reported to have. Some teams have completely removed him from their boards, while others are open to drafting Sweat and taking yearly precautions. Let’s take it back to 2013, when a player by the name of Star Lotulelei had been hailed a top five prospect out of the University of Utah. That was, until a surprise heart condition had been revealed shortly before the draft. The condition scared enough teams off, and Lotulelei fell to the Panthers at No. 14. Star was an above average player for most of his time in Carolina, and his heart condition has never really been considered since. Anything sound similar?This pick provides the Panthers with extreme athleticism off the edge to hopefully mold into a productive pass rusher down the road. Sweat isn’t very polished, and gives off some D.K. Metcalf vibes in regards to how he may be more of a combine crusher than a great football player. It’s a risky pick, but if the board falls this way and the Panthers are comfortable with his heart condition, there is some real potential value here.Sweat was confirmed to have taken a private visit with the Panthers.More on Sweat’s heart condition Color Rush Christian Miller Jersey , and how it’s being viewed around the league, below:Round 2, Pick No. 47: Nasir Adderley, S, DelawareWho else was available: Jeffery Simmons, Dexter Lawrence, Deebo Samuel, AJ Brown, Taylor RappNasir Adderley is the best safety in the 2019 NFL Draft. If he is still available at No. 47, the Panthers should run the card to the podium regardless of which offensive or defensive linemen may still be on the board. Adderley provides a ball-hawking, physical presence on the back end across from Eric Reid and would instantly upgrade this secondary. Round 3, Pick No. 77: Renell Wren, DT, Arizona StateWho else was available: Yodny Cajuste, David Edwards, Darrell Henderson, Will Grier, David LongI know, I know. We still haven’t addressed the offensive line. A little frustrating, but to be expected under this front office. Here the Panthers add some beef to their interior line depth.Renell Wren has a quick first step and provides explosive power when rushing up the middle. Drew Brees struggles the most when there is pressure up the middle. Hmm.With Vernon Butler’s future up in the air, this pick becomes much more valuable down the road than it may be originally thought. Hey, at least Marty hasn’t reached for a backup quarterback yet...Here is Wren plowing through a first round prospect at a senior bowl practice:Round 3, Pick No. 100: Will Grier, QB Blue Donte Jackson Jersey , West VirginiaWho else was available: Joe Giles-Harris, Connor McGovern, Trayveon Williams, Dennis Daley, Miles BoykinTo be completely honest I’m not a huge fan of this move, but it really feels like its bound to happen. Let’s just hope Marty can contain his excitement and wait to pull the trigger on day three. The Panthers have shown extreme interest here (according to Joseph Person) and seem to have dug themselves into a paranoia-induced state, forcing them to believe another team is waiting to snipe them in the second round for Grier. The West Virginia product may end up a solid backup in this league, but is a solid backup worth a top 100 pick when you have other needs? Probably not.Round 4, Pick No. 115: Dennis Daley, OT, South CarolinaWho else was available: Daylon Mack, Daniel Wise, Justice Hill, Mecole Hardman, Josh OliverBetter late than never, as the Panthers bring in the local product from South Carolina. The Panthers have been able to turn some mid-round offensive line picks into gold (Trai Turner and Taylor Moton). Let’s hope they can keep that trend going. I will say, Daylon Mack out of Texas A&M was very tempting here. Round 5, Pick No. 154: Bryce Love, RB, StanfordWho else was available: Jordan Scarlett, Elijah Holyfield, Sutton Smith, Myles GaskinCoach Rivera has made it clear that he wants to take some of the load off of Christian McCaffrey by finding someone with a similar skill set to spell him. This will help the Panthers to not show their hand to the defense based on their personnel while also giving CMC some well-deserved rest. Why not reunite the Stanford backfield with the addition of Bryce Love. Love was a Heisman candidate during his Junior season in which he amassed 2,118 rushing yards. He surprisingly returned for his senior season and subsequently tore his ACL. In college Donte Jackson Jersey 2019 , Love proved very talented at Stanford as a runner, but was not given many opportunities in the passing game. If the Panthers feel like they can turn him into a receiving threat, it may be worth taking a flier here. Round 6, Pick No. 187: Anthony Ratliff-Williams, WR, North CarolinaWho else was available: David Sills V, Travis Fulgham, Anthony Johnson, Gary Jennings Jr.Ratliff-Williams carried a North Carolina offense plagued by horrendous quarterback play and a questionable scheme under since-fired head coach Larry Fedora. His strength lies in his speed and elusiveness as a return man, as you can see in the video below. The Panthers could use a strong upgrade in the return game, and Ratliff-Williams could be the guy to provide it for them. 7-round mock draft1.16: Montez Sweat, Edge rusher2.47: Nasir Adderley, Safety3.77: Renell Wren, Defensive tackle3.100: Will Grier, Quarterback4.115: Dennis Daley, Offensive tackle5.154: Bryce Love, Running back6.187: Anthony Ratliff-Williams, Wide receiverI can’t say I’m thrilled with how the board fell in the first round. Sweat has raw talent and ability, but I’m not sold this coaching staff would be able to get the most out of him. The availability of Adderley in the second round was shocking and forced me to pivot away from my strategy of addressing the offensive line early. I can’t stress enough how dumb it will be when the Panthers take a quarterback in the top 100, but if they do let’s hope its at pick No. 100. Either way, it’s time to sit back, relax, and watch some kids dreams get turned into reality. Remember when a game could be won in overtime by winning the toss, gaining a few first downs DJ Moore Jersey 2019 , and kicking a field goal? When the Saints did just that nine years ago to secure a Super Bowl berth, the league abruptly changed an unfair rule that had been hiding in plain sight for decades. It will take that kind of outcome to make the notoriously conservative NFL change the worst rule on the books.It’s the fumble out of the end zone. There continues to be no good argument in favor of allowing the offense to keep possession when a fumble in the field of play goes out of bounds at the one-inch line but giving the ball to the defense at its own 20 if the ball ends up hitting the pylon or otherwise ending up out of bounds in the end zone.The defense in many cases has done nothing cause the fumble, and it necessarily has done nothing in any case to recover it. So why does the offense keep the ball when it goes out of bounds in the 100 yards that aren’t the end zone but lose it if the ball crosses the plane of the goal line? It makes no sense, and the “well don’t fumble it” excuse doesn’t work because, again, if the ball goes out of bounds at the one-inch line, the offense keeps it even if the offense lost it.While the worst rule in football routinely is discussed (supposedly) by the Competition Committee, there’s never been a push to change it because the worst rule in football has never marred a conference championship game or a Super Bowl. Someday, it will. When it does, the rule will quickly be changed.It will quickly be changed because millions of casual fans who tune in only for the biggest games of the year will see the outcome and say, “How can this be?” So when the rule embarrasses the NFL in a profound and notorious way, the league will say, “We can’t let this happen again.”But it should never happen at all. And the league can prevent it from ever happening in one of the biggest games of the year by changing it. Chances are the league won’t, because for whatever reason the league isn’t wired to prevent outcomes like this before they create an otherwise avoidable debacle.On Monday night, the worst rule in football reared its ugly head again, as Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis lunged for the end zone, lost possession of the ball, and it went out of bounds on the other side of the goal line. Though the Panthers weren’t able to parlay the ensuing touchback into a points, there’s no chance that the situation would have sparked change even if Carolina had driven the length of the field and won the game. The worst rule in football needs to trigger a worst-case scenario in a huge spot before the league will face the kind of P.R. firestorm that will force action.And it will. Guaranteed. So why not fix it before it gets to that point?In a league that routinely eschews proactive measures in lieu of reacting to rules that create a bad look, how about envisioning the bad look and preventing it?It won’t happen, because the league simply doesn’t operate that way. So the worst rule in football will stay that way until it creates a grossly unfair outcome in a season-altering game, forcing the NFL to do what it should have done years ago.Just like it did with the overtime rule.