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Carolina Panthers tried to trade up to draft Leonard Fournette

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SiriusXM At The 2017 NFL Draft Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for SiriusXM

If the Carolina Panthers had their way, Leonard Fournette and Cam Newton would be in the same backfield — and the Jacksonville Jaguars might have landed Solomon Thomas.

That’s according to Pat Kirwin of Sirius NFL Radio, who said the Panthers tried to trade up to the No. 2 overall pick to get Fournette.

So how would this have changed the 2017 NFL Draft?

Well, the No. 1 overall pick would have still been Myles Garrett to the Cleveland Browns. Nothing is changing there. But the original No. 2 overall pick belonged to the San Francisco 49ers, meaning they would have gone down to No. 8 overall.

The No. 3 overall pick would have likely still been Mitch Trubisky to the Chicago Bears, which leaves Solomon Thomas all alone at the No. 4 overall spot for the Jaguars.

The Panthers went on to fire general manager Dave Gettelman a couple of months later. Could a failure to bring in a bell-cow back like Fournette be the reason? They did end up getting Christian McCaffery at eighth overall, who will undoubtedly be a dynamic player in that offense.

Knowing there was a (small) chance that Thomas could have been on his way to Jaguars training camp right now does not make me feel better about my Tuesday.