Your mock pick for the Panthers


Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
We put Carolina fans in a tough spot by asking them to call what the Panthers will do at No. 59. But that's no more difficult than what John Fox and Marty Hurney will face Saturday as they wait for the 58 picks before them to sort out and try to decide what to do about Julius Peppers.

In some ways, Fox and Hurney have it easier than our readers because they, theoretically, could have a say in what happens with Peppers. In our readers' mock draft, voters didn't have that luxury because projected trades weren't an option.

Readers had to stay put at No. 59 and guess what the Panthers will do.

That led to some spirited debate and a close call in the final tally. Let's turn it over to a reader, who I think made a case that represented the majority, to announce the pick.

Travis in Phoenix, AZ writes: The Panthers with the 59th overall pick take Paul Kruger from Utah. This would be a solid pick, I mean first off the guys from Utah...Im pretty sure Smith wouldnt punch someone who went to Utah...second look at his name...cant you see it...call him Freddy instead of Paul...intimidation factor...The real reason however, this guy is a good Defensive End, he wont be a Peppers but he can put pressure on a QB and can stop the run, if we could trade peppers and also get Johnson from Georgia Tech then those 2 would be perfect together, 2 different styles and could play together for a long time...remember the Peppers Rucker combo that was so great...Rucker was a big part of that, holding up his side so Peppers would let loose...Kruger is that kind of DE...

Pat Yasinskas: Like the argument, but I'm going to share another with you. Kruger won by 15 votes and the second-place finisher was his college teammate, defensive back Sean Smith. We'll go out to Utah for the flip side of that argument.

Blake in Garden City, Utah, writes: Carolina Panthers should take (Sean Smith- CB Utah) This might be a reach if he falls this far. He could give us another big corner to pair with Gamble and Keep Marshall in the slot. This would help with covering the big recivers in the nfc south. Bryant,Colston,White and would help our d-line get some coverage sacks. Also, he could be moved to safety he he stuggles at corner. Fox love guys he can move around!

PY: Either way, I don't think the Panthers can go wrong with a Utah player. That's where they got Steve Smith and Jordan Gross and both have worked out very well.

There also was some decent support for defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert, quarterback Pat White and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.