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Tebow helps Panthers clinch No. 1 draft pick

Posted on: December 26, 2010 9:18 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2010 10:05 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Carolina Panthers are on the clock for the 2011 NFL Draft. And so are the New England Patriots (at least on the second day anyway -- the Panthers sent their second-rounder to New England in exchange for the wonderful shot at turning Armanti Edwards from a FCS quarterback into an NFL wide receiver).

That's because Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos stormed back on the Houston Texans and pulled off a semi-miraculous comeback to win 24-23. The Broncos needed to lose out and have the Panthers beat the Falcons in order to "win" the top overall pick.

This means the next meaningful deadline for Panthers fans becomes January 15th, when Carolina will learn whether or not Andrew Luck, the highly coveted junior quarterback at Stanford, declares for the NFL draft.

The ramifications of his decision are pretty widespread. If Luck enters the draft, the Panthers have to decide if they like Jimmy Clausen enough to pass up the chance to pull the trigger on Luck (and, perhaps, a combo of Luck and current Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh). They could also choose to trade the chance at grabbing the potential franchise QB, as there are plenty of teams that might be interested in moving up in the draft.

But maybe Luck won't even go pro -- Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America reports that, having talked to Harbaugh, "academics are important to Luck" and Harbaugh doesn't believe the junior will leave early. (Although a quick purview of any basic mathematics class will inform him how much money he's missing out on by playing college football.)

In the possible event of Luck returning to college, he'll hurt the Panthers leverage in the top spot of the draft (regardless of how much is owed to the No. 1 pick) and he'll likely turn the draft world upside down.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:38 am

Tebow helps Panthers clinch No. 1 draft pick

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:09 am

Tebow helps Panthers clinch No. 1 draft pick

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 7:26 am

Tebow helps Panthers clinch No. 1 draft pick

Does anyone know what the draft order would be if the season finished today?

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2010 10:06 pm

Tebow helps Panthers clinch No. 1 draft pick

Round 2, and you're right, good call. Just fixed it up.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2010 9:28 pm

Tebow helps Panthers clinch No. 1 draft pick

Will, I'm guessing the Patriots and the Panthers made a trade last year that gives NE Carolina's top pick in round 2 or 3?  Can't remember which round begins day 2 now.

You should clear that up in the article.

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