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2017 NFL Mock Draft: Carolina Panthers Select TE O.J. Howard at No. 8

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With the 8th pick in the 2017 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Carolina Panthers select...

O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

The selection and write-up were made by MConley17:

What is better than having an Elite Tight End? Having two Elite Tight Ends! The Pats proved how dangerous the scheme can be and I think Cam Newton is uniquely gifted to make an two tight end scheme to be even deadlier in the NFL with his dual threat ability. Howard isn’t a need pick right this minute, but Greg Olsen isn’t getting any younger either, making this a long-term selection that could pay huge dividends later on while in the short term allowing the Panthers to use Two Tight End formations. That also fits Panther's General Manager Gettleman’s typical operating procedure in getting the best player available over reaching for an immediate need. Howard’s quickness off the line of scrimmage would make him an immediate redzone threat while also helping the team in multiple ways like running the ball and with pass-protection which Carolina had a problem with in 2016.

Pokorny: I like this pick because I love O.J. Howard as a prospect. However, is there a better fit for the Panthers than two elite tight ends? In mock drafts right now, 35% of them have the Panthers taking one of the running backs and 37% have them taking a defensive end. Howard is thrown in there with a 7% chance. Selfishly, I’d like Howard to Carolina and the dynamic it presents. Realistically, I have to wonder if they’ll take Derek Barnett if he’s there, or one of the running backs.

The Cincinnati Bengals are up next, led by Mudville.

2017 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Cleveland Browns Menocu DE Myles Garrett
2 San Francisco 49ers unoservix S Malik Hooker
3 Chicago Bears CTBuckeye DE Solomon Thomas
4 Jacksonville Jaguars UberTater RB Leonard Fournette
5 Tennessee Titans npchristman CB Marshon Lattimore
6 New York Jets jdreyfuss S Jamal Adams
7 Los Angeles Chargers unoservix S Jabrill Peppers
8 Carolina Panthers MConley17 TE O.J. Howard
9 Cincinnati Bengals Mudville DE Derek Barnett
10 Buffalo Bills The Bottom! WR Mike Williams
11 New Orleans Saints makeaplay59 DT Jonathan Allen
12 Cleveland Browns mrwhitman QB Mitch Trubisky
13 Arizona Cardinals Crawford_T WR Corey Davis
14 Philadelphia Eagles Gin_and_Tonic CB Gareon Conley
15 Indianapolis Colts fjblessi ILB Reuben Foster
16 Baltimore Ravens Suppa Bob DE Taco Charlton
17 Washington Redskins OhioCityBrownsBeliever LB Haason Reddick
18 Tennessee Titans Legoman0721 WR John Ross
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ezweav S Obi Melifonwu
20 Denver Broncos poultman OT Ryan Ramczyk
21 Detroit Lions Mean Ol' Pete LB Zach Cunningham
22 Miami Dolphins anthszabo DE Charles Harris
23 New York Giants impulseCTRLissues OT Cam Robinson
24 Oakland Raiders Ghenry518 ILB Raekwon McMillan
25 Houston Texans Darth_Batman QB Deshaun Watson
26 Seattle Seahawks michael.hamper OT Garett Bolles
27 Kansas City Chiefs The Beast Mode QB Pat Mahomes
28 Dallas Cowboys Matt Wood CB Tre'Davious White
29 Green Bay Packers Robo Dawg RB Christian McCaffrey
30 Pittsburgh Steelers fj holden CB Kevin King
31 Atlanta Falcons BrianB77 OL Forrest Lamp
32 New Orleans Saints troy145 RB Dalvin Cook
33 Cleveland Browns Ike5 S Budda Baker