We are now up to pick No. 14 in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft. Just a reminder that I will be attempting to post three picks every day until we get through round two. This will likely take us into the week of the 2013 NFL Draft, so feel free to consider this a sort of countdown.
Explanation: Panthers have several needs ... including WR, ROT, OG, DT, FS, SS and CB. At this point it is really between Richardson (DT) and Patterson (WR). They are the best athletes on the board at positions of need for the Panthers. Patterson gives Cam a big target and a deep threat as well. His size and athleticism will complement Steve Smith and open windows for him as well.
Trevor Woods: Although Sheldon Richardson is the best player available and it would fill a need for the Panthers, getting Patterson could be a good idea. Cam Newton has not had a legitimate weapon to use at receiver besides Steve Smith. Patterson would turn the Panthers passing game into a dangerous one fast. With Steve Smith, Greg Olsen and Patterson, watch out.
Nick Chiamardas: The Panthers selection of Patterson could trigger a run on receivers in the middle of round one. JMichael is right in his assessment of Patterson; His skill set would be a nice compliment to the aging Steve Smith. At 6'2", 216lbs Patterson would give the Panthers the No. 2 receiver they've been desperately searching for the last few years. It would also give Patterson a chance to go somewhere without having to be a teams top receiving threat thereby, perhaps, relieving some pressure on the young receiver. It'd be hard to pass on the extremely athletic Richardson though.
Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1
- Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
- Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
- Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
- Cleveland Browns -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
- Arizona Cardinals -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
- Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
- New York Jets -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama [Explanation]
- Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
- San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
- Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
- Carolina Panthers -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee