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Carolina Panthers draft DL Marquis Haynes in 4th round

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Ole Miss’ all-time sack leader is headed to Charlotte.

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C’mon and raise up.

Take your shirt off, twist it round yo’ hand, spin it like a helicopter.

Marquis Haynes is headed to the Carolina Panthers and somewhere Petey Pablo is most likely crunk on some sizyrup and hollerin’ about getting the all-time Ole Miss sack and tackle for loss record holder.

Carolina moved up in the draft to pick at No. 136 (fourth round) to draft Haynes, who logged 32 sacks and 47.5 TFLs in four years at Ole Miss. The previous sack record holder was Greg Hardy — also a draftee of the Panthers.

Haynes is clearly a tweener at the college level with his size and speed (6’2, 235 lbs) — he’s played DE and OLB for the Rebels. In my opinion, his future is most likely as a LB. He ran a 4.67 40-yard dash and that is fast enough to beat Bama o-lines on the reg and crush Jalen Hurts like a Coke can. ‘Member that? I do.

The Chucky Mullins Award winner has been a favorite of ours at the Cup during his time with the Rebels. He’s battled injuries, made memorable plays and carried himself with the integrity that earned him that No. 38 jersey.

Carolina will be getting a pure edge rusher who can also go into coverage on TEs, which we saw regularly against top competition in the SEC.

How Haynes fits into Carolina’s team is the question. Thomas Davis isn’t getting any younger, but he’s also been a solid LB for about the last decade. Luke Kuechly ain’t going anywhere, which leaves beating out Shaq Thompson for a starting job. Thompson has compiled 167 tackles in his first three seasons in the NFL.

Haynes is the second Rebel selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. Breeland Speaks was selected in the second round on Friday.