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When it comes to the NFL Draft, there’s never anything wrong with a team jumping in and stealing away a player a rival team may have wanted.
Carolina did that last week according to reports, as the team jumped up in round two of the draft, snagging LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall with the 59th overall pick.
So why did the Panthers move quickly to snag the wide out? The very team behind them in the draft, their rival the Saints, were scheduled to have the next pick – and they reportedly were ready to take Marshall.
Marshall, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, was a pretty highly touted receiver, and a rumor quickly spread that Carolina was eyeing two players at the number 59 spot – Marshall and BYU offensive tackle Brady Christensen.
According to Panthers.com’s Darin Gantt, Christensen was probably going to be the pick at 59, until the Panthers got a call tipping them off that the Saints were about to take Marshall 60th overall.
It’s unclear who the call came from, but the Panthers thought it was legitimate enough to make them take Marshall instead of Christensen. It worked out well for the Panthers, who later traded up to the 70th overall pick and got Christensen there.
The Saints ended up taking Ohio State linebacker Pete Werner with the 60th overall pick.
The Panthers added 11 players they needed in the draft. Now the real work begins as camps will start to open up in about a month,