Carolina's defense has been terrific this season, and even Charles Tillman has played well across from Josh Norman. That will be a problem going forward, however, as Tillman will be a 35-year-old free agent in March.
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With the offensive linemen off the board, the biggest bang for Carolina's buck would be a power back like Henry. Pairing Henry with Cam Newton, Greg Olsen and the team's young receivers could make for a physically dominant offense.
Henry has been superb in 2015. Not only has his running been impressive, but the blitz protection will really excite scouts. In 2015, Henry has averaged 6.1 yards per carry in 2015 for 1,526 yards with 21 touchdowns with 10 receptions for 97 yards.
As the No. 2 back in 2014, Henry averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 990 yards with 11 touchdowns. He added five receptions for 133 yards, too. The 6-foot-3, 241-pounder has a burst to run away from defenders with the power to run through tacklers. He also has really improved his blitz protection and receiving skills. As a freshman, he racked up 382 yards on only 36 carries with three touchdowns.
Rd. 2, Pk. 31
Tony Conner, CB/S, Ole Miss
Roman Harper turns 33 shortly, and the Panthers could consider a young safety to further bolster their superb defense.
Conner has only played in five games in 2015 because of a torn meniscus. He has a total of 17 tackles in his game action. Conner totaled 69 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, an interception and two passes broken up in 2014. He was a tough defender for Ole Miss. The Rebels used him all over the field, including as an in-the-box safety, an outside corner, a slot corner, an outside linebacker and an edge rusher.
The Rebels had a phenomenal 2013 recruiting class and one of their star freshmen was Conner. From Week 1 of his first season on, he was all over the field for Ole Miss and impossible to ignore. Conner (6-0, 217) was a Freshman All-American and SEC All-Freshman. He totaled 66 tackles with five tackles for a loss, one sack, one interception and seven passes broken up that year. Conner has instincts and should only get better.
Pick change; previously Shawn Oakman, DL
Rd. 3, Pk. 31
Tyler Johnstone, OT, Oregon
The Panthers could use multiple picks to upgrade their offensive line. Carolina's front is routinely bailed out by Cam Newton, and the organization must improve his protection.
Johnstone (6-4, 295) has returned to the field in 2015 and done a solid job for the Ducks. He clearly could use more strength for the NFL. Johnstone was Oregon's left tackle in 2014 before going out for the season with a torn ACL. He was a honorable mention All-Pac-12 performer in 2013. Johnstone helped the Ducks with their potent ground attack. Generally, he was a good pass protector for Marcus Mariota.