Panthers GM: Team considered Ridley before drafting Moore

With their first-round pick, the Panthers ended up selecting Maryland wideout D.J. Moore. However, General Manager Marty Hurney told SiriusXM’s Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn that his team was considering several players with the pick, including Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley.

Mark Walton, RB, Miami Grade: A Gio Bernard clone. Small, super-shifty. YAC machine as a receiver. 113. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State Grade: A- Similar style to Emmanuel Sanders. Crafty route-runner who can really separate. 114. Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama Grade: C. Two-gapper. Strong. Very limited as a pass rusher. 115. Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB, Western Kentucky Grade: B+ More speed at the LB spot.

Brady was also asked about another mystery during his 60-minute interview and that one had to do with why NFL ratings have been in a steady decline over the past two seasons. Although some people have theorized that player protests have hurt ratings, Brady doesn’t agree with that. The Patriots quarterback also doesn’t buy the theory that the NFL is oversaturating itself by putting too many games on too many days.

Thoughts: The Lions don’t need a wide receiver in 2018, but could look at slot options who are good at making things happen after the catch if they are thinking about letting Golden Tate walk in free agency. This trio fits the bill.

Thoughts: Detroit has passed up a number of edge rushers in this draft, but there are some intriguing speed options who could be on the board in the fifth round in Sweat and Armstrong. The reason Sweat is dropping is reportedly because of a knee injury. Mata’afa offers a powerful outside option with flexibility and experience playing inside. Sieler, a local product, is a wild card talent. He’s massive, at 6-foot-6, 290 pounds, and put up monster numbers against low-level competition.

That might be the most remarkable thing about their wide receivers, whose post-draft depth we examine today as part of a series covering each position group.

There’s not a diva in the bunch.

In fact, it was never about anything other than wins with this group which despite having replaced Torrey Smith, who was traded to Carolina, with free agent Mike Wallace, expects to have the same mindset in 2018.

Actually, from the moment he arrived as a free agent a year ago, Jeffery started talking Super Bowl smack, ostensibly guaranteeing it.tigers_135-115x115