Peppers expecting to make quick impact with Panthers
The Charlotte (NC) Observer
" If I could do the draft all over again, this is how I would do it. This is how I would want it to happen. If I had my choice, this is where I would choose to be."
Q & A with Julius Peppers
" I've got to think a lot of people in Carolina are happy today about the Peppers pick. And I don't just mean coaches and staff members. The Panthers' franchise has been in freefall ever since losing the 1996 NFC championship game. By keeping such a highly rated prospect at home — Peppers is a Wilson, N.C., native — the Panthers are sending a positive message to their fans and supporters that they are on the way back."
What they're saying…about Julius Peppers
"Julius Peppers pretty much knew heading into Saturday's NFL draft where his fat paycheck would come from. Peppers, the former standout defensive end at North Carolina, would be staying in state to play for the Carolina Panthers."
A UNC rush in draft's 1st round
The Durham (NC) Herald Sun
" For Ryan Sims, though, there was an impromptu celebration Saturday in an Atlanta sports bar like none Sims had enjoyed since ... well, since he and Peppers and their college teammates had celebrated the Tar Heels' victory in the Peach Bowl nearly four months ago."
Two Heels in top six
The Raleigh (NC) News and Observer
" Fans who gathered at Arrowhead were excited to see the Chiefs make a last-second trade with Dallas to move up from the eighth pick to sixth in the first round and select Sims, who plays a position many felt was of extreme need for Kansas City."
Fans praise Chiefs' choice
The Kansas City Star
" Recognizing that the Minnesota Vikings were prepared to snag North Carolina defensive tackle Ryan Sims with the seventh pick, Vermeil and Peterson, holding the eighth pick, telephoned Cowboys owner Jerry "Greta Van Susteren" Jones and offered him a couple of draft picks for the right to swap first-rounders with Dallas, which had the sixth overall selection."
Low-level employees save Chiefs' draft-day deal
The Kansas City Star
"This is wonderful. This is a wonderful place. I was thinking about being a Chief for awhile since coach (John) Bunting put a lot of things in my head about how a great coach, coach (Dick) Vermeil was. He is a great coach and I am I will have a wonderful experience."
Q&A with 1st Round Pick – DT Ryan Sims
"The Chiefs organization had identified Sims as their top choice early on, and on Saturday they did exactly what it took to get him. Peterson told reporters that Minnesota, who held the seventh overall pick, was anxiously waiting to take Sims with their choice."
Last-Minute Trade Lands DT Ryan Sims in Kansas City