Panthers show interest in QB, WR

The Panthers battled the snow and weather to get a good look at two players that might play pivital roles with the Panthers in the upcoming years.<br><br>

The Panthers attended Purdue University's Pro Day on Friday, and met at length with Boilermakers QB Kyle Orton and Receiver Taylor Stubblefield, according to TFY Draft Preview.

Orton stands 6' 4" tall and weighs 233 lbs. He was a Heisman trophy candidate before a hip injury sidelined him during his senior year. Orton has a strong arm, sees the field well, is regarded as a leader on the field and has good pocket presence. A cerebral QB, Orton scored 27 on the Wonderlic test.

Orton's drawback is his delivery style. Scouts note his long wind-up motion, which must be corrected in order for him to succeed at the pro level. Playing behind Delhomme for a few years would give Orton time to correct his throwing motion and learn the NFL game.

Taylor Stubblefield stands 5' 10" tall, weighs in at 172 lbs., and is viewed as a possession type receiver. He has good quickness and reads the coverage effectively. Although he's not overly fast, the new NFL rules work in Stubblefield's favor. He caught a NCAA record 318 passes during his college career, including 82 in his senior season with Purdue. Stubblefield is considered by many scouts to have the best hands in the draft.

"I am labeled as a possession receiver," Stubblefield said. "There are a lot of teams that can use a possession receiver, a team that can keep the chains moving. Any type of system that I get into I am going to excel at."

"It was important for me to be out (in Mobile) and it was important for me to run crisp routes, something I take pride in," said Stubblefield. "If I could run crisp routes and be productive catching the ball it was going to be noticed.

The Panthers also showed interest in Stubblefield during the Senior Bowl practices. Could the Panthers be planning to take the Purdue tandem in the upcoming draft? We'll find out in April.

Denis Savage of assisted in the writing of this article

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