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, and while there are plenty of reasons to criticize Marty, he followed through this time." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesCat Scratch Reader homepageHorizontal - WhiteCat Scratch Readera Carolina Panthers communityFollow Cat Scratch Reader online:Follow Cat Scratch Reader on TwitterFollow Cat Scratch Reader on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchCat Scratch Reader main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsAboutPanthersOddsShopStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 Training CampCSR Film RoomCarolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney delivered on a promise this offseasonNew,32commentsThe Carolina Panthers pledged to protect Cam Newton, and while there are plenty of reasons to criticize Marty, he followed through this time.EDTThere are many reasons to be critical of Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney, anywhere from his past mistakes of paying too much to retain internal talent to his ignorance of the free safety position as of this writing. Marty is by no means a perfect general manager, and it is possible that after this season or next he won’t be one at all. In truth, Hurney has his wagon hitched to head coach Ron Rivera along with the core talent this team has built. So while Hurney by no means made this team perfect, he swung for the fences for one of those players; Cam Newton. Ron Rivera told us back in February that this team needed to protect their quarterback, and they certainly stuck to their plan with how they addressed the offseason. This team had a lot of needs in order to be successful, so it was very important that they address the right needs with the limited salary and draft capital they had. And they threw a lot of it at the offensive line.Matt ParadisWhile many other teams were out making waves and throwing money at things, the Panthers quietly snatched the consensus best center in free agency off the market. It wasn’t the flashiest signing, but experts and analytics applauded the signing. Paradis had some minor injury concerns, but when healthy he could be an excellent replacement for Ryan Kalil, who once was a stalwart for the offensive line. This signing was huge because it not only marked center off the offseason checklist, but they had found a proven commodity rather than a rookie to helm the interior. Daryl WilliamsThere was plenty of fear that Marty 2.0 would return to his Marty 1.0 ways and throw a huge contract at Williams to retain him Greg Olsen Jersey
, despite already having a solid right tackle and Williams coming off a major knee injury. Instead, the Panthers let him test the market. Instead of getting a Matt Kalil-esque deal in free agency, Williams’ market dried up. Instead, he returned on a one-year, $6 million dollar prove-it contract. While there are question marks about Williams’ “All Pro” season of the past, this turned out to be a very fair deal, giving the Panthers some flexibility in the event they walked away from the draft without a true left tackle.The draftThere were rumors that the Panthers were looking at Greg Little with their first round pick, however when edge rusher Brian Burns fell to them, they pulled the trigger and rolled the dice on the second round. On Day 2, they ended up trading the No. 77 overall pick to go up and nab Greg Little at the top of the second round. While many see the trade as using too much capital to acquire a player, when you examine it through a different lens you can see the value. The Panthers could have taken Little in the first round and retained that pick, but instead they acquired both Burns and Little, both of which they likely had a first round grade on. In addition, they used a 6th round pick on Dennis Daley, someone who could play multiple positions on a line with some development.ConclusionWe can’t really see how good or bad the pick was until Little plays, but the logic is there. Little could be a day one starter at offensive tackle Fozzy Whittaker Color Rush Jersey
, as his draft profile and scouting indicates a high level of pass protection ability. This also gives the Panthers even more options at offensive tackle than they’ve had in the past. In years prior, the Panthers plan at left tackle was “this guy or bust”, as Matt Kalil and Michael Oher never really had any true back up in the event of injury. Now, the Panthers have Greg Little and we know that Taylor Moton can at least be passable if needed as a left tackle. In addition, at right tackle they have both Williams and Moton who can both be high level starters, with whoever ends up starting being backed up by the other. Williams could also factor into the left guard position, as Greg Van Roten was consistent but also someone that could be improved upon.The Panthers walked away having addressed the biggest needs on the offensive line, and allowed themselves some leeway in the event an injury happens. Heck, the Panthers locked down a back up for Paradis in Tyler Larsen last offseason. Every position has someone who can step in that isn’t some guy we’ve never seen play NFL football.So while many are rightly critical of Marty Hurney, he certainly stuck to his guns this offseason. And the last time Cam Newton was surrounded by a competent offensive line, they went to the Super Bowl. So if you have to hitch your bet to anyone, I think hitching it to Newton was the right call. Should the Panthers go after an offensive tackle in the first round, and should that tackle be Greg Little?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomCarolina Panthers Film RoomPanthers 2019 NFL DraftFilm room scouting report on Ole Miss OT Greg LittleNew,65commentsShould the Panthers go after an offensive tackle in the first round, and should that tackle be Greg Little?EDTShareTweetShareShareFilm room scouting report on Ole Miss OT Greg LittleNelson Chenault-USA TODAY SportsGreg Little played for powerhouse program Allen High in Allen, Texas. As a recruit Rashaan Gaulden Jersey
, Little was highly regarded. He was rated as a five-star prospect and the No. 1 offensive tackle according to all the major recruiting services. With Laremy Tunsil off to the NFL, Little stepped into a starting role immediately. He played in every game as a freshman and started five at left tackle. Little was named to the All-SEC team during his final year in Oxford, Miss. Little’s athletic testing was below average at the Combine. He posted a -0.5 sigma, which is in the 30.1st percentile according to SPARQ. Film reviewLittle has the potential to be an elite pass protector once he enters the NFL. He has the ideal size and length to be a mainstay on the left side. The high level traits Little possesses are the grip strength to control defensive ends, the knee bend to anchor, and the intelligence to pick up on blitzes or stunts. Little keeps a wide base, but it’s what he does upon contact that is impressive. He drops his hips, but he’s also able to place his hands in an advantageous spot to prevent the edge rusher from gaining any ground.Little is able to control the edge rusher on this rep with his outstanding grip strength. This is where his length benefits him. He locks out his hands at the snap, which allows him to place his hands on the chest plate. Little doesn’t allow contact to phase him. He has a smooth kick slide, keeps his feet underneath his frame, but then drops his hips to establish leverage. Defenders did not have much success beating Little with power all season. The edge defender is able to establish his inside hand on Little’s chest, but ultimately it goes nowhere. Little keeps a wide base to again establish his low pad level. With the outside hand on the edge rusher’s chest, Little prevents any further penetration by combating the long arm with his opposite hand. Little has an effective kick slide. He stays low in his stance, but due to his wide frame he gains plenty of depth on the arc to prevent any pressures. Little doesn’t wait to react to the edge rusher thanks to his length. The edge rusher looks as if he’s going to be executing a speed rush, but Little initiates the contact to establish his control. Little, again Thomas Davis Color Rush Jersey
, faces a long arm rush by the edge rusher. As he snaps into his kick slide, he shows how advanced his hand usage is to keep one hand high and the other low. While Little’s length is an asset, his hand placement is still inconsistent. He doesn’t land his punch within the chest of the edge rusher, which prevents Little from using his grip strength to control. Former Bengals and Cowboys offensive line coach Paul Alexander mentioned in his scouting report that Little moved his post foot too soon, which gave the edge rusher an advantage. Alexander goes on to mention that this is a correctable area as he transitions to the pros.Little is an inconsistent run blocker. He doesn’t show the same functional strength or explosive burst to drive off the snap. His pad level on this snap isn’t optimal, which causes him to lose his base.Ole Miss ran a version of the air raid last season, so it’s not surprising Little isn’t a refined run blocker. Little’s EPA when Ole Miss ran to his gap was -3.5, which is less than ideal. However, as I said in my scouting report on Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard, run blocking isn’t a prerequisite in the modern NFL or for the Panthers. Christian McCaffrey created plenty of yards on his own and Norv Turner did an admirable job of scheming up run concepts despite the issues at left tackle in 2018. Fit with CarolinaLittle is an outstanding pass protector. According to Sports Info Solutions, he only allowed four blown blocks in pass protection in 2018. The left tackle situation has been a massive black hole for Carolina since Jordan Gross retired in 2014. The Panthers re-signed Daryl Williamswho has made his career on the right side. Taylor Moton hasn’t played left tackle in his entire football career outside of Week 1 in 2018. The Panthers need a natural left tackle and Little is exactly that. I don’t know how the Panthers will shuffle the positions between Moton and Williams, but Little can step in on Day 1 and improve the entire unit as a pass protector. He should be in consideration as early as their first round pick.