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2011 NFL Draft: Jake Locker And Panthers Haven't Met Yet, Despite Carolina GM Admitting QB Need

Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney has said quarterback, followed by defensive tackle, is the team’s biggest need this offseason. Since Washington Huskies QB Jake Locker is wowing scouts at the Senior Bowl, you may be surprised to learn he and the Panthers haven’t met yet. Though it’s still early in the week, of course.

For the 1,000th time I’ll type something about Carolina’s biggest need actually being that offensive line, but nobody cares what I think.

With the No. 1 pick, Carolina was long expected to take Stanford Cardinal QB Andrew Luck, but the new hotness has been Auburn Tigers DT Nick Fairley. Ta da, we guessed right, internet!

Locker’s stock is on the rise after a mostly rough 2010 season and a rough Monday of practices. It takes him a few tries to get it going, but once he’s firing, he won’t be out-workout’d by any quarterback in this draft class.

The idea of the Panthers grabbing Fairley at No. 1, hoping Locker slips to them at No. 33, and then devoting serious energy to that offensive line (always “that” offensive line) does not sound ideal to this Falcons fan.

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