With the 30th pick in the Pride Of Detroit Community Mock Draft, the Carolina Panthers select cornerback Mackensie Alexander. Cram9030 is the acting general manager for the Panthers. Below is the rationale for the pick.
This draft fell leaving me with two options: a player I love and one that fits like a glove. I gave serious consideration to selecting Josh Doctson at this spot. I think he is the best receiver in the draft and even with Kelvin Benjamin coming back, the receiver cupboard is pretty bare for the Panthers. Somehow, though, the all-star rejects of a receiving corp in Carolina have been managing to play about average thanks to a strong running game, play action and Cam Newton, so I choose to focus on the other side of the ball.
The cornerback position opposite of Josh Norman currently has illustrious Bene Benwikere starting on the outside, and that is simply not a sustainable solution. Mackensie Alexander presents a quality mesh of talent and skills at this position for the Panthers. Alexander is pretty much exclusively a man corner at this point, but I think he could transition to a the man-on-demand technique that the Panthers tend to run. 32 seconds into DraftBreakDowns tape of him against South Carolina you can see him performing excellent bail technique that you have probably seen Norman perform so many times before. Alexander is an athletic and talented player with his flaws, but his skills just happen to match up well with what the Panthers would want him to do.
Check out our 2016 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.