According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, the Carolina Panthers are considering moving up to the top of the second round in order to draft quarterback Colt McCoy, and not Jimmy Clausen.
The Panthers currently hold the 48th pick, but would likely have to move up 10-12 spots if they want to be able to take McCoy. The Browns, Raiders, and Bills are all ahead of them and could consider snagging up McCoy if he’s still on the board.
The Eagles, who pick 37th overall, could be a potential trade partner. Andy Reid and company moved up in 11 spots in the first round to select Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham, but it cost them both of their third-round picks.
Trading back with the Panthers could help them recoup a pick in the third round and perhaps even a late-round pick as well. The Panthers also have a history of being willing to part ways with next year’s first-round pick as part of a deal to move up — a deal the Eagles would jump on very quickly.
However, that will of course depend on how highly the Panthers have McCoy rated. They appear content to head into the season with Matt Moore as their starter, so it’s just as possible they draft a guy like Tony Pike or John Skelton later in the draft.
This move may not ever come to fruition, but it certainly makes the slide of Clausen appear to have no end in sight and could add to the drama and excitement of the second day.