The Panthers' Pulse 1-24

Inside news and notes on the Carolina Panthers. Today's focus: Who are the Panthers taking a special interest in at the Senior Bowl?

One interesting thing about the Senior Bowl so far is to note that the Panthers are heavily scouting Quarterbacks, something they haven't done a great deal of in the past.

On Monday, it was Brady Quinn. Yesterday, it was Houston's Kevin Kolb. Today the Panthers met with Pitt QB Tyler Palco. Palco should be a second day pick, but could be a good QB if given proper coaching and time to develop.

On Tuesday we kind of featured the OC search, which is officially now over, so we didn't highlight who the Panthers spoke to at the Senior Bowl: Purdue DE Anthony Spencer and CB Marcus McCauley from Fresno State. McCauley played with the Panthers 2006 2nd round draft pick Richard Marshall during their time at Fresno State. It's interesting that the Panthers would interview McCauley, who is ranked #2 overall in SportingNews' CB rankings behind Daymeion Hughes of Cal. Why would the Panthers want to draft another corner on the first day with Lucas, Gamble and Marshall on the roster?

Anthony Spencer is the 6th ranked DE, and would fill a need for the Panthers. He could potentially be a second round pick. Some scouts think he could shift to linebacker...

Today the Panthers looked at a couple of interesting picks: Tyler Palco, who I mentioned above and Safety Aaron Rouse from Virginia Tech. Rouse is the big safety we've been clammoring for, standing 6' 4" and weighing in at 212 lbs. He's one of the top safety prospects available, and is supposedly great to have in the locker room. His size suggests he could move to linebacker... but do we have to go there again? Perhaps another second round pick, and let's keep him a safety if he comes to Carolina, please.

Palco is interesting, because the other two QBs the Panthers have spoken to, Quinn and Kolb, should be top 15 picks. Palco could go anywhere from the 4th to undrafted according to which draft site you believe. He could be an undrafted FA added once the Panthers release Chris Weinke... more on that speculation tomorrow.

More on Jeff Davidson:

"Davidson was so highly regarded by the Browns a year agothat he was promoted to assistant head coach in addition toretaining his job as offensive line coach. He took over thefinal 10 games as offensive play-caller after MauriceCarthon resigned as coordinator.

Davidson was considered the front-runner to permanentlysucceed Carthon - or at least to return as Browns linecoach. But he clashed with General Manager Phil Savage overthe evaluation of some players and opted to leave. TheBrowns could not keep him because his contract was up."

Tony Grossi
Plain Dealer Reporter Source

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