There is one thing that won’t be up for grabs in the final week of the NFL’s regular season: the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft. With the Carolina Panthers losing in Week 16 at Pittsburgh and both the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos winning their games, the 2-13 Panthers have clinched the top spot in the draft.
Despite taking Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the second round of the 2010 draft and Clausen starting a majority of games this year, the Panthers are expected to take a hard look at Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck at the top spot if he declares for the draft as Clausen struggled mightily this season. It is already known that Panthers coach John Fox and his staff won’t be back next year so the Panthers might also take a run at Luck’s Stanford coach, Jim Harbaugh.
Numerous draft analysts have called the 6-foot-4 Luck the best prospect in the potential draft pool. The Panthers have the league’s worst offense and managed just 119 total yards in Thursday’s 27-3 loss at Pittsburgh. Luck, who will lead the Cardinal against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3, has not revealed his intentions.
The Panthers have only had the first overall pick once, in 1995, their inaugural season. Then-general manager Bill Polian traded that pick to Cincinnati, and the Bengals chose Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter. With the picks they received in exchange (the fifth and 36th overall), the Panthers chose quarterback Kerry Collins and defensive tackle Shawn King.
The Panthers picked second overall in 2002 (their 1-15 season falling behind expansion Houston in order) and chose defensive end Julius Peppers.
Carolina closes the regular season against the Atlanta Falcons. Bet on the game with Bodog’s NFL odds.
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