Draft Q&A with Rocky Top Talk on Panthers’ third round pick

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Draft Q&A with Rocky Top Talk on Panthers’ third round pick

Postby douhua2233 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:48 am

Draft Q&A with Rocky Top Talk on Panthers’ third round pick Rashaan Gaulden Today I spoke with Terry Lambert of SB Nation’s Rocky Top Talk about Rashaan Gaulden’s career as a Tennessee Volunteer and why Panthers fans aren’t out of line in hoping that he could develop into a safety in the NFL.Cat Scratch Reader: What does Gaulden do best in the secondary?Rocky Top Talk: GauImagelden’s best quality to me was his ability to impact the run defense. Tennessee played a ton of nickel and put Gaulden in a bunch of in-the-box situations. He’s an outstanding open field tackler and very instinctive when playing the run. CSR: What can you tell us about Gaulden’s ability to play the ball in the air? RTT: Tough question to answer here because he just wasn’t in a position to play the ball in the air a ton at Tennessee Christian McCaffrey Jersey , hence the career interception total of one. The best thing he’s got going for him in this area is his length at 6-1, but I’m not sure he’s got the pure athletic ability to consistently stick with NFL receivers in man to man coverage. I’m fascinated to see how the Panthers use him. CSR: What was Gaulden’s most memorable moment for the Volunteers?RTT: Yeah this is an easy one. Tennessee is getting absolutely trashed by Alabama and in a pure moment of joy, Gaulden flips off the Alabama crowd. Tennessee didn’t have many moments to celebrate in 2017, so it’s hard to blame him. He later apologized, but it made most fans love him even more. CSR: From bust to hall-of-fame, how well do you think Gaulden’s career will go?RTT: I think Gaulden has enough ability and length to be productive at the next level. He’s probably not a good enough pure athlete to succeed as a true cornerback, but he would thrive in a nickel or safety role. I’ll give him a solid-NFL-starter grade.CSR: What is one thing about Gaulden’s game that you won’t hear in the average scouting report?RTT: He’s a pest and a little bit of an agitator. The guy just flat makes plays. I remember a moment against Georgia Tech where the game appeared lost -- Tech was actually running in for another touchdown to ice the game. Gaulden came in out of nowhere and punched the ball out, forcing a turnover. Tennessee found a way to win from there Authentic Donte Jackson Jersey , all because of that one play. CSR: What was your reaction to the Panthers drafting him?RTT: Decent spot. My immediate thought was that he could challenge for playing time at safety on that roster, which is where I think he will be best. CSR: Are there any good off field stories about Gaulden’s time at Tennessee?RTT: Going back to his middle-finger salute — Gaulden apologized, but then kind of doubled down on the moment at the same time. He famously said “I hate Alabama, that’s just how it is,” during an interview at Tennessee’s pro day. I can’t tell you how much that resonates with people in Knoxville.Panthers 2018 season opener countdown: 50 days to go With 50 days remaining until the Panthers kick of their first regular season contest of 2018, we take a look at number 50 for the Panthers, linebacker Chris Frey. Chris Frey, LinebackerBioHeight: 6’0”Weight: 225 lbsAge: 23College: Michigan StateNFL Experience: RookieThe Panthers signed Frey as an undrafted free agent at the completion of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Ohio native was a team captain for the Spartans defense during his senior season and was named All Big Ten honorable mention by the media at the end of the year. He finished the campaign with 55 tackles Youth DJ Moore Jersey , 4.5 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks playing as the strong side linebacker. He joins a Panthers linebacking corps already rife with talent and immaculate beards, so it’ll be tough for him to stand out for the coaching. Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and Shaq Thompson are roster locks, and the Panthers invested two draft picks on linebackers that will likely get the benefit of the doubt over Frey.
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