Panthers have to wait to see top QBs

The Carolina Panthers, just like every other team in the NFL, are out in force this week in Mobile, Ala. They’re there to watch Senior Bowl practices and they have coaches, front-office people and scouts watching the quarterbacks closely.

But it’s not very likely the Panthers are seeing anyone worth taking with the first overall pick in the draft at the Senior Bowl. Washington’s Jake Locker is probably the biggest name there and he’s considered a first-round pick by some draft experts, but he would need a huge week at the Senior Bowl and strong showings at the combine and in private workouts to have any shot at being No. 1 overall.

The top quarterbacks in this year’s draft are all coming out of college early and the Panthers will have to wait to see Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, Auburn’s Cam Newton and Arkanas’ Ryan Mallett in person because only seniors are allowed to participate in the college all-star games. Carolina officials will have to wait until the combine or private workouts to see Gabbert, Newton and Mallett in action.

The other quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl are Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi, Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, TCU’s Andy Dalton, Alabama’s Greg McElroy and Florida State’s Christian Ponder.

The Panthers also were at the East-West Shrine Game last week. The quarterbacks in that game were Delaware’s Patrick Devlin, Navy’s Ricky Dobbs, Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor, Texas A&M’s Jerrod Johnson, Idaho’s Nathan Enderle and Wisconsin’s Scott Tolzien.