Jonathan Stewart finished his 2014 campaign on a hot streak, but he's an injury-prone running back who will be entering his 30s soon. The Panthers will want to bring in another running back just in case Stewart continues to nurse injuries.
Ezekiel Elliott is a first-round prospect despite the fact that the running back position has been devalued. Elliott, who was amazing in Ohio State's championship run, has drawn comparisons to Fred Taylor.
Pick change; previously Derrick Henry, RB
Rd. 2, Pk. 21
Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
The Panthers can't possibly keep neglecting the offensive line. Sure, Cam Newton can scramble, but he needs some protection.
After Cam Newton took a severe pounding during 2014, the Panthers are starting Michael Oher at left tackle in 2015. Sources with the Titans said that Oher was lazy and that led to him being cut in Tennessee after one season. Finding a long-term left tackle next offseason looks necessary for Carolina.
Conklin is a well-balanced blocker who is effective at protecting the passer and opening holes in the ground game. He turned in an impressive 2014 season as the blind-side protector for Connor Cook. The 6-foot-6, 303-pound Conklin could use a little more power for the NFL, but the redshirt sophomore should add that in an NFL strength and conditioning program.
Pick change; previously Taylor Decker, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 14
Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
The Panthers could use another running back. DeAngelo Williams was let go, while Jonathan Stewart has had major durability issues.
Booker broke out in 2014 with a huge season as he carried the Utes' offense. Booker averaged 5.2 yards per carry for 1,512 yards with 10 touchdowns. He also showed receiving ability with 43 receptions and 306 yards and two scores. Booker (5-11, 203) is a quick runner who is more physical than one would think.