Everette Brown was all smiles throughout his time at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday. (PHOTO: ANDREW MASON / PANTHERS.COM)
CHARLOTTE -- The Panthers' five second-day picks:
THIRD ROUND (NO. 93): DT
FOURTH ROUND (NO. 111): RB
FOURTH ROUND (NO. 128) FB Tony Fiammetta, Syracuse
FIFTH ROUND (NO. 163): OL Duke Robinson, Oklahoma
SEVENTH ROUND (No. 216): CB Captain Munnerlyn, South Carolina
5:49 P.M. EDT: THE PICK IS IN ... and it is South Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Here's what was written in our DB preview:
Intercepted five passes and notched 127 tackles in three seasons with the Gamecocks ... First-team All-SEC selection in 2007 ... Also averaged 22.9 yards ber kickoff return in his three years with the Gamecocks ... Had the 10th-best bench-press tally among Combine cornerbacks (19) and the ninth-best vertical jump among corners (37.5 inches).
5:48 P.M. EDT: Carolina is on the clock.
5:45 P.M. EDT: Bengals are on the clock at 215 ... Panthers are one selection away.
5:35 P.M. EDT: Carolina picked up Oakland's 2010 sixth-round pick and 2007 seventh-rounder in exchange for the Panthers' sixth-rounder.
5:18 P.M. EDT: We have not seen the particulars of the trade ... but the NFL.com draft tracker has the Panthers now holding the Raiders' seventh-round pick (No. 216 overall).
5:13 P.M. EDT: And that's why I typed "barring a trade" ... because the Panthers have made a deal with the Raiders.
5:12 P.M. EDT: The Panthers are back on the clock for what will be their final selection, barring a trade.
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3:45 P.M. EDT: Duke Robinson says he has not talked to the Panthers about whether he'll play guard or tackle. Robinson was a mainstay at left guard the last three years for the Sooners, but was projected by many draft pundits as a tackle, perhaps owing to his mammoth 6-foot-5, 329-pound frame.
3:24 P.M. EDT: THE PICK IS IN ... and it is offensive lineman Duke Robinson of Oklahoma.
The 6-foot-5, 329-pounder was a three-year starter at left guard for the Sooners, a two-time consensus All-America selection (2007, 2008), an Outland Trophy finalist last year and the great-nephew of Smokey Robinson, among other tidbits. He's also from Atlanta, making him the third member of the draft class from the Peach State, along with Sherrod Martin and Corvey Irvin.
3:22 P.M. EDT: Panthers are on the clock ... fifth round, pick No. 163.
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DAY ONE COVERAGE:
THROUGH THE DAY:
10:29 A.M. EDT: If the Panthers hold their position, we'll be waiting a while longer for them to start the day. We're through five picks this morning -- up to No. 69 overall -- and the Panthers aren't scheduled to be on the clock until the 93rd pick.
Carolina's first selection from Saturday, defensive end Everette Brown, is expected to drop in for an introductory press conference; I'll have notes and photos from that session as soon as I'm back at the laptop.
In the meantime, we just work and wait.
11:42 A.M. EDT: Everette Brown couldn't wait to get started.
"I was ready to get in the car and come down last night after hearing my name called," he said Sunday morning as he met the media for the first time since the Panthers selected him with the No. 43 pick.
Brown's morning has been a hectic one. He didn't have to drive from Greenville, N.C., where he watched the draft; he boarded a plane this morning. His first day with the team includes meetings with coaches, a tour of the stadium and its facilities and a press conference.
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Moments after the question-and-answer session concluded, he walked into the locker room for the first time. He beamed, happy in the final confirmation that his destination was well worth the anguish of a wait as public as it was unexpected.
"Never did I think it would quite happen that way," he said. "When I got that phone call yesterday, San Francisco was on TV, but to hear Coach Fox's voice -- it was the best day ever. My family is all Carolina Panthers fans. For me to put on the uniform and be in a great situation here in Carolina was the best thing that could have happened."
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11:46 A.M. EDT: The Panthers are on the clock at the 93rd pick.
11:50 A.M. EDT: THE PICK IS IN ... and it is defensive tackle Corvey Irvin of Georgia. Panthers stay on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage to take Irvin, a 6-foot-3, 301-pounder who broke into the starting lineup last year and notched 34 tackles -- including 8.5 for losses. A product of Augusta, Ga., Irvin spent two seasons with Georgia after transferring from Georgia Military College.
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12:19 P.M. EDT: Speaking in a conference call, defensive tackle Corvey Irvin credited his two years at Georgia Military College with teaching him discipline and character. Without his time there, he might not be a third-round draft pick headed to the NFL.
"I was a young man who was kind of lost," he admitted. "It taught me to be a man ... It was the best thing that ever happened to me."
The two years there not only changed him, but others' perception of him. He said that only Fort Valley (Ga.) State recruited him out of high school, but that after his two years at Georgia Military, a broad range of elite football programs -- Georgia, Florida, Iowa, South Carolina, Auburn and USC among others -- came after him.
"I could have gone anywhere," he said.
Irvin was a late bloomer then, and he was a late bloomer last year, finally breaking into the starting lineup and doing enough to earn a trip to the Senior Bowl and a place on scouts' radar screens.
Irvin said he and Panthers defensive line coach Brian Baker "hit it off" at his Pro Day in March, leaving him eager for the chance to work with the recently hired coach on a full-time basis.
"I had a feeling it was going to be Carolina when I was looking at the (draft board)," he said, adding that he had evaluated all the teams based on their needs. "I started feeling anxious, and then the 704 area code popped up.
"It feels like Christmas morning."
12:27 P.M. EDT: Corvey Irvin on his biggest strength: "My biggest strength is being able to cause corruption in the pocket in the pass rush. I can rush the passer real well, and I also can play the run, too."
"Corruption in the pocket" ... it's a malaprop, but it makes sense.
Think about it -- when a computer file is rendered unusable by a virus or some other issue, what has happened to it? It's been CORRUPTED. Isn't that what you'd like to see Irvin do to an opposing blocking scheme?
12:48 P.M. EDT: Panthers back on the clock ... No. 111, the selection acquired yesterday from San Francisco.
12:50 P.M. EDT: THE PICK IS IN ... and it is on offense: Texas A&M running back Mike Goodson.
A 6-foot, 208-pounder, Goodson amassed 792 yards from scrimmage last year -- 406 on the ground and 386 on 37 receptions. He scored eight touchdowns -- five rushing, three receiving -- and averaged 6.0 yards per touch (4.3 per carry; 10.4 per catch).
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1:07 P.M. EDT: On his media conference call, fourth-round pick Mike Goodson said that the Panthers plan to test him out at a returner and may give him the opportunity to line up in the slot, but that he is bring brought to Carolina as a running back, his natural position.
Goodson averaged 11.9 touches per game last year at Texas A&M and acknowledged that the lack of opportunities was one of the factors that motivated him to turn pro early.
"I'm a competitor, so you always want to get more than what you got," he said. "But that's gone, and now I'm going to go on and make the next part better."
1:34 P.M. EDT: Carolina is on the clock with its second fourth-rounder ... selection No. 128.
1:37 P.M. EDT: THE PICK IS IN ... and it is fullback Tony Fiammetta from Syracuse. The two-year starter gained 66 yards on five carries and 127 yards on 16 receptions last year, but, obviously, is known more for his blocking. He helped power Orange tailback Curtis Brinkley to a 1,000-yard campaign last year -- an accomplishment rarely witnessed by a 3-9 team.
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2:03 P.M. EDT: Quick soundbites from fullback Tony Fiammetta:
... Many players watch the draft with their fathers, Fiammetta included. But having his old man around was especially meaningful for him, since Vincent Fiammetta recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The elder Fiammetta returned to the United States five days ago after being overseas since last July ...
... The fullback is keenly aware of what he stands to inherit if he can claim the starting position -- a chance to block for arguably the best running tandem in the league. "To be a fullback and go to such a powerful running offense, it's an honor," he said. "It's just a great situation."
... On incumbent Panthers fullback
... Watching pro football wasn't recreation for Fiammetta; it was study time: "I don't really care about the score and who's winning or losing; I just watch to see how (the fullbacks) are playing."