The Panthers couldn't block for Cam Newton whatsoever early in the season. The offensive line was able to gel late in the year, but there are still some glaring holes there, particularly at both tackle positions.
Rd. 2, Pk. 25
Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
The Panthers likely will select the top available player from the tackle or receiver position in the first few rounds. Those are their two big areas of need. They have to find someone to draw attention away from Kelvin Benjamin.
Rd. 3, Pk. 25
Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
Jonathan Stewart finished the year on a strong note, but the Panthers can't depend on him because he's so frequently banged up. With DeAngelo Williams officially gone, Carolina will have to add another running back.
Pick change; previously David Johnson, RB
Rd. 4, Pk. 25
Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
It shouldn't surprise anyone if the Panthers double up on the tackle position. Both of their tackles were putrid last year.
Pick change; previously Daryl Williams, OT
Rd. 5, Pk. 25
Troy Hill, CB, Oregon
Some of Carolina's young defensive backs played well down the stretch last year. The Panthers now need depth behind those players.
Rd. 5, Pk. 33
Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis are studs, but Carolina could stand to find a third linebacker to complement the two Pro Bowlers.
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Rd. 5, Pk. 38
Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska
Another receiver? Why not? Cam Newton needs all the help he can get.
This is a bit of a reach, but the Panthers have to upgrade their offensive line. David Gettleman has shown an inclination to draft for need, and the Panthers need to land a potential franchise left tackle for Cam Newton. Humphries could fit the mold.
Sources say they've graded Humphries as "a one," aka a first-rounder, and will let their medical staff drop him down the board if they deem it warranted. I personally haven't gotten on the bandwagon about Humphries because he missed more games than he played the past two seasons, but Humphries is a rare athlete who could be a starting left tackle quickly in the NFL.
Still, Humphries (6-5, 307) has a superb skill set with quickness, athleticism and length. He was a good run-blocker and reliable pass-protector for the Gators in 2014. He played well in 2013, but dealt with a lot of injuries the past two years. The medical concerns could knock Humphries down on draft day, and it probably would have made more sense for him to return to Florida for his senior year. However, Humphries has the athletic skill set to start at left tackle in the NFL.
Rd. 2, Pk. 25
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
The Panthers could use an upgrade at running back. DeAngelo Williams is gone and Jonathan Stewart can't stay healthy.
Yeldon averaged five yards per carry in 2014 for 979 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also hauled in 15 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown, too. Yeldon had ball-security issues in 2013, and while he was better as a junior, those haven't gone away completely. Yeldon is a smooth runner who has quickness, balance, cutting ability and vision though.
In 2013, Yeldon averaged six yards per carry for 1,235 yards with 14 touchdowns. The sophomore chipped in 18 catches for 160 yards, too. Yeldon received only 175 carries in 2012, but totaled 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns. The freshman caught 11 passes for 131 yards and a score.
While Eddie Lacy was a large downhill runner, Yeldon showed some speed. He ripped off a number of big gains in 2012. Yeldon's first-step quickness didn't look as good in 2013 and 2014 after he gained some muscle. Yeldon is now checking in at 6-foot-1 and 226 pounds. He should drop some weight to get back some of his speed.
Pick change; previously Quinten Rollins, CB/S
Rd. 3, Pk. 25
Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
The Panthers grab some much needed help at safety.
Tartt created some draft buzz with an impressive skill set on display for Samford. The senior totaled 62 tackles with one pass broken up and one interception in 2014. He was solid against Auburn.
Tartt (6-1, 221) has good size but also the speed to cover a lot of ground. He could start out his NFL career as a strong safety but eventually develop into a versatile defender who can play free safety as well. Tartt held his own at the Senior Bowl and showed he could keep up with the higher level of competition.
The Panthers let Greg Hardy walk, so they could use some defensive end depth.
Smith totaled 61 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, two passes broken up and 4.5 sacks in 2014. He recorded 59 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks the year before.
Smith had strong weeks at the East-West Shrine and the Senior Bowl. He showed more pass-rushing skills than his 2014 total indicates, and he did well in the one-on-one matchups at both all-star games. Smith (6-4, 274) definitely helped himself on the field.
Cam Newton is tough, just see his car accident and the type of hits he took all year and he still doesn't take pain killing shots that most QBs would. Still the Panthers can't keep him healthy long term if they don't protect him. Flowers is 6'6 with long arms and great feet. He played very well against NFL talent in the FSU game. Flowers also was impressive in run blocking for Duke Johnson. He definitely has some technique to refine but he will instantly make this Panthers line better.
I agree with Walt on this one, the Panthers need help on both sides of Tackles they couldn't give Cam time to pass at all. T.J. Clemmings could be a steal at 25. Still a little raw but he could develop into a great pick for the Panthers.
The Panthers like DJ Humphries a lot more than Andrus Peat. I have Humphries as a RD 2-3 prospect mainly due to his long injury history and the fact he is weak in space. Despite everyone else having him a #1 or #2 Tackle. I see a guy who will struggle against speed pash rushers because he tends to lunge.
They could go WR here but they really need to address the OL. Cam needs help and getting him a decent OL is at the top of the priority list. Peat falling to them is a really good thing for CAR. He is another OT that some view as the top guy, in the class. Has the size, footwork, athleticism to be a LT in the NFL. While WR might be an attractive pick here, protecting Cam has to be the top priority.