b their guy in the first round." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteCat Scratch Readera Carolina Panthers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsAboutPanthersOddsShopStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomFiled under:Panthers 2019 NFL DraftCould the Carolina Panthers trade up from No. 16 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft?New Youth Mario Addison Jersey ,64commentsThe Panthers could look to move up to grab their guy in the first round.EDTShareTweetShareShareCould the Carolina Panthers trade up from No. 16 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft?As we close in on the 2019 NFL Draft, speculation and rumors are running rampant. The infinite combinations of outcomes that can play out next Thursday night spark creativity that can lead to absurd or genius draft takes vindicated only by the decisions of a few. The hot takes before and after the draft proving to be pointless once the season begins. No one knows anything just as much as everyone knows everything simultaneously. Three years later, we can call the men who made these decisions morons or messiahs who changed the course of league history. The fact is that teams can only do their due diligence on these players but their fates are predicated on personality, team fit, and pure luck.That being said, sometimes a team has a hunch about a prospect. Something that will make them throw caution (and draft picks) to the wind to make them a part of their organization. If Marty Hurney and the Carolina Panthers have that hunch, they should trade up in the draft to grab their guy.Why the Panthers could trade upIt’s not the most popular opinion to sacrifice draft capital to take a chance on a first round player, but the Carolina Panthers have a window of opportunity that is closing quickly. With a franchise quarterback in Cam Newton and a Hall of Fame middle linebacker in Luke Kuechly, the Panthers have the base to be competitive in this league. Newton and Kuechly both have faced injury adversity as of late in their careers which has forced the organization to deal with the prospect of a morbid reality when it comes to their sustainability.This uncertainty puts the Panthers in a strange position where they will seek depth and insurance at both positions, but desperately need to add young game-breakers around them. A stalwart blind-side tackle could extend Newton’s career by years. An explosive pass rush could take much of the onus off the shoulders of Luke Kuechly. Both moves would compliment the opposite phase of the game as well.If the draft board falls accordingly and the Panthers see an opportunity to grab their “guy” Stitched Mario Addison Jersey , why shouldn’t they?The volatility of first round tradingIn 2007, Marty Hurney and the Panthers traded the No. 14 pick for the Jets’ No. 25, No. 59 and No. 164 picks. The Jets selected cornerback Darelle Revis, while the Panthers took center Ryan Kalil, linebacker Jon Beason, and linebacker Tim Shaw.Winner: TieIn 2008, Marty Hurney and Carolina traded their 2009 first round pick along with their 2008 second and third round picks to Philadelphia in exchange for the No. 19 pick. The Panthers selected another massive bust in offensive tackle Jeff Otah. The Eagles selected future Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jason Peters, defensive tackle Trevor Law, and safety Quintin Demps.Winner: Eagles (team trading down)In 2010, Marty Hurney and the Panthers traded the No. 17 pick to the 49ers for the No. 43 and No. 111 picks. San Francisco drafted future All Pro guard Mike Iupati Youth Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey , while the Panthers selected two busts in defensive end Everette Brown and running back Mike Goodson.Winner: 49ers (team trading up)In 2012, the (then) St. Louis Rams traded the No. 6 overall pick to the Dallas Cowboys for their No. 14 and No. 45 overall picks. The Cowboys drafted cornerback Morris Claiborne, who turned out to be significant bust. The Rams took defensive end Michael Brockers and running back Isaiah Pead.Winner Rams (team trading down)Hurney clearly doesn’t have strong record when trading up or back in the first round, but that doesn’t mean the move can’t be successful. Third time’s the charm? The 49ers sure won their trade up scenario in 2010. As stated earlier, draft decisions are extremely hit or miss and fall back on luck more often than not. There is no exact formula to follow past due diligence and it reflects in the history of first round trade movement. Sometimes it’s worth taking a shot to change the course of your franchise. It depends on the team’s roster situation and coaching staff. The Panthers are in “win-now” mode with Hurney and Rivera on Tepper’s hot seat. It would make sense for them to risk a short-sighted move for immediate success. But who could be worth multiple Carolina draft picks this year?TargetsEDGE: Brian Burns, Ed OliverIf you’ve read anything I’ve written over the past month, you’ll know I’ve been banging the table for Brian Burns. He’s everything the Panthers want out of an edge player as they move into a 3-4 defense. They’ve shown tremendous interest and have met with him on several occasions. Burns stock has risen sharply over the past few weeks and may make him unattainable at the No. 16 overall pick. If the Panthers want him badly enough, they could give up their second or third round pick to frog leap and snag him.Ed Oliver is interesting. He was hailed as a top five pick for most of the college football season and, for some reason, seems to have slid down some draft boards. Oliver flashes shades of Aaron Donald with freakish athleticism to overcome his size differential at the nose tackle position. If he falls Stitched Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey , the Panthers could take a risk to grab him and boost their interior defense.Offensive tackle: Jawaan TaylorThere is no question Carolina is in dire need of an upgrade in pass protection. The Panthers haven’t had stability at the left tackle position since the retirement of Jordan Gross, and Cam Newton has been punished for it.Jawaan Taylor had a visit with Carolina early in April. If some of their favorite pass rushers are taken in the top ten, the Panthers may feel pressure to move up to grab a tackle. Taylor has been heralded as the best in the class and would be a plug and play starter on day one. Shoring up this position for a decade would be worth waiting to draft an edge in the later rounds.Potential trade partnersThere are really only a few positions the Panthers would realistically be able to trade into regarding what value the pick demands in return and which teams would be willing to move down the line. Below are two of the most likely scenarios if the Panthers were to move up:Jacksonville (No. 7 overall pick)The Jaguars aren’t looking at the same players as the Panthers are and may be able to slide back and still get the guy they want (see: DK Metcalf). The Lions are at the eighth spot and have been linked to edge rushers, specifically Burns. In this scenario, the Panthers would be giving up more to ensure they get who they want.Denver (No. 10 overall pick)The Broncos are reportedly looking at quarterbacks, and no one else around them will be. The Bengals, Packers, and Dolphins stand between the No. 10 pick and the Panthers. All three have similar needs to Carolina and could decimate the group that the Panthers want to choose from. The Broncos owe the Panthers for stealing their Super Bowl 50 rings and may not ask for much to slide back here.The bottom line is that the Panthers find themselves in an awkward spot where they may need to reach for a player they don’t love in the first round if the chips fall that way. It may be in their best interest to give up a third round pick (which haven’t been kind to them in the past anyways) and secure their favorite pass rusher or offensive tackle. Will they pull the trigger? We are only a few weeks away from finding out. See if you can predict who the Panthers will select."Welcome to the annual CSR Pick the Panthers draft class contest. We are exactly one week away from the start of the 2019 NFL draft so it’s time to submit your picks. The rules are simple. The Panthers have seven picks in the draft so you have seven picks. You do not need to assign a round to the pick. Just list seven names. That’s it. Do not list more than seven. It doesn’t matter what happens during the draft as far as trades and the number of picks the Panthers end up making. Whoever gets the most correct players drafted by the Panthers is the winner. You get one submission per member. In the past getting three correct would probably equate to a win. So if you want to focus on their first four picks go for it. If you think you know a late round flyer go for that too. In the event of a tie, the winner is whoever submitted their initial entry first via the time stamp on the comment. So stop dilly dallying along people and submit your entry. Here’s one hint. The Panthers tend to draft at least a player or two from those they visited with in the offseason. Here’s a decent list of those players. You might find more via Google. Here’s my seven selections:OT Andre DillardDE Clelin FerrellOT Kaleb McGaryDE Jachai PoliteS Juan ThornhillDT Renell WrennCB Byron MurphyThe contest is now open. Submit your picks in the comment thread.