Carolina Panthers Retrospective
Panthers normally know who's interested in trading up or down E-mail
Written by Steve Reed   
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 13:24

   CHARLOTTE – Over the next week Carolina’s Marty Hurney will place a number of phone calls to other general managers inquiring about who might interested in trading up or down come draft day.
   That’s standard operating procedure in the NFL.
   But normally most trades don’t occur until teams are on the clock or shortly before their pick.
   “You have an idea of who’s interested (in trading), and then as it gets closer obviously it heats up,” said Hurney. “I think that’s easier to do in the first round. You talk to teams leading up (to the draft) and you have an idea whether somebody’s interested in moving up or down. But normally, trades don’t happen until right before your pick. Most of the times teams want to make sure the player they’re targeting is still there.”    In 2007, the Panthers knew before the draft the New York Jets were interested in trading up to the 14th spot, which made them an ideal trade partner since the Panthers were looking to move down and grab some extra picks.
   The teams had some preliminary talks about what it would take to get complete a trade the week before the draft.
   When Carolina’s pick approached and Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis was still on the board, New York called to double check on the possibility of a trade. That when they agreed to give up their 25th pick, as well picks in the second and fifth rounds to the Panthers for the right to move up to No. 14.
   The Panthers, who moved down to the Jets spot at No. 25, then took linebacker Jon Beason.
   Last year was a little different.
   The Panthers grabbed running back Jonathan Stewart with the 13th pick and then immediately jumped on the telephone to contact other teams picking in the teens to make a move for offensive tackle Jeff Otah.
   Even with less time to work with – the first round was shortened from 15 minutes to 10 minutes last year to speed up the draft – the Panthers were quick to deal.
   Hurney said he didn’t even notice the time change.
   “If teams want to do a deal, you start talking before you’re on the clock,” Hurney said. “You have a pretty good idea of who’s interested in doing things. We normally move pretty quick.”
   The Panthers had an idea the Eagles might be willing to move the 19th pick before the draft, but weren’t completely sure it Otah would last that long. And Carolina was only going to make the trade if Otah was still there since he was the only player they were interested in.
   “Sometimes it might be five six picks ahead (before trade talks begin),” Hurney said. “Sometimes it’s more ahead.”
   The Panthers still don’t have a first-round pick this year, but that could change if they’re able to deal franchised defensive end Julius Peppers before Saturday.
   “Next week teams will start calling around to see who’s interested in moving up, moving down,” Hurney said. “Normally it’s just preliminary discussions until the draft starts and a team gets on the clock.”