Round 3, Pick 92: Panthers select Trai Turner

05/09/2014 11:27 PM

02/03/2015 4:46 PM

Trai Turner

Height: 6-3. Weight: 310 pounds.

Position: Guard.

College: LSU.

What he offers: Turner was a proven run blocker for an LSU team that ran a power-running scheme. Despite a sizable midsection, Turner is fairly athletic. He ran a 4.93 in the 40 at the combine, a time comparable to the Panthers’ second-round pick – Missouri DE Kony Ealy (4.92).

Why he fits: The Panthers had a spate of injuries at the guard position in 2013, with four starters or contributors all ending the season on injured reserve. With left guard Travelle Wharton a free agent leaning toward retirement, Turner will have a chance to play immediately for the Panthers, especially if right guard Nate Chandler slides to tackle.

Worth mentioning: Turner started his last 20 games at LSU, including all 13 games in 2013 when the Tigers scored a school-record 37 rushing touchdowns. Turner helped Jeremy Hill rush for 1,401 yards, the second-highest total in LSU history.

Bet you didn’t know: Turner caught scouts’ eyes at the combine with his 4.93-second clocking in the 40, the third-fastest time among offensive lineman. Only Michigan’s Taylor Lewan and Auburn’s Greg Robinson, offensive tackles who were drafted in the first round, had faster times.

What they’re saying: "He's got great foot quickness, movement skills and the ability to bend from the knees. Those are things that can't be taught. If he had stayed another year he would have been rated much higher. But there's only about five guards better than him in ability,” – NFL scouting consultant Chris Landry, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Joseph Person

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