Connor's fall from the first, and then the second round of the 2008 NFL draft was probably the biggest shock of the weekend. Based on what I'd seen during his senior season I thought for sure he would be selected before the 74th pick but, as is often the case, I was wrong
The Herald , a newspaper based out of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has done a puff piece on Connor and, being June, I'm going to quote from it:
Sure, the Carolina Panthers liked the value they found when Dan Connor slipped to the third round of this year's draft. But they also remember how quickly things can change at his position, which had them thinking he might have been more of a need than was readily apparent.
Bottom line, the Panthers don't really have a need at linebacker, so his selection was a bit of a strange one when you realize you could still get an impact player with your third pick.
So basically he's probably not going to be starting this year, but Connor is taking it in stride.
"In the long run, I think it's going to be more beneficial," Connor said. "There are guys who have been around forever. And they can give me tips during practice, on how to play, how to pick things up. "In the long run of my career, I think I'll be thankful to come to a place with so many great linebackers."
Oh ya, the title of the thread:
"I'm trying to do as much as I can handle, try to get it all in at once. Studying the playbook each night to try to get it down more and more. It's an ongoing battle, me versus the playbook."
The trick is to imagine the playbook as an emu, and the rest simply takes care of itself.