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Mock Draft Report 8.0


The 2017 NFL Draft is four weeks away, and thus, we are reaching the home stretch of Mock Draft season.

This report features Washington wide receiver John Ross for the second week in a row. Danny Kelly of The Ringer offered some interesting thoughts on adding the speedster to Carolina's offense.

"It's time to get (Cam) Newton a receiver who can get open underneath," Kelly wrote, "and Ross's 4.22-second speed in the 40-yard dash means he's going to get a lot of big cushions from opposing cornerbacks, making him a threat on short slants, hook routes, and quick outs."

Lance Zierlein of went with Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas, which isn't a surprise if you've been following the mock draft reports. But the Panthers trading up to No. 2 to secure him is certainly some outside-the-box thinking.

"The Panthers have an additional second-round pick that helps facilitate a move up to target a versatile pass rusher who can be moved up and down the defensive line in rush situations," Zierlein wrote.

It's worth noting that head coach Ron Rivera and assistant general manager Brandon Beane were in attendance for Stanford's Pro Day, giving them a chance to get a closer look at the impressive lineman. Moving up to No. 2 wouldn't come cheap, but Thomas has a lot to offer.

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