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Panthers have not gotten any calls for No. 1 draft pick

Without consensus top pick, those calls might not come Brad Biggs

Print This April 23, 2011, 10:57 AM EST

Maybe Marty Hurney’s phone will start ringing next week, but so far he hasn’t fielded calls from teams interested in trading up for the No. 1 pick in the draft.

The Carolina Panthers general manager said the organization is working to finalize its plans for the draft. Obviously, trading down would be an attractive option for a franchise in need of a thorough rebuilding. But if there isn’t a clear-cut player for the Panthers to select No. 1, why is there going to be a player that stands out for another team willing to pay to trade up?

“Now you're just trying to finalize and answer all the questions you might have on players,” Hurney told Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “We'll continue to evaluate and have discussions, and come up with hopefully the right selection for us at 8 o'clock on Thursday.”
 

Unlike in years past, the lockout prevents the Panthers from negotiating a potential contract with a player or multiple players in advance of the draft.

The Panthers figure to select between Auburn quarterback Cam Newton or an impact defensive player.

“Any time you're picking where we're picking, people are going to focus on quarterbacks, as well as the other top players there,” Hurney said. “I think when you have a pick in this range, because of the impact of the position, you take a look at the quarterbacks.”

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