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.
The 6-foot-8, 315-pound Decker really finished the 2014 season in impressive fashion. Late in the season, he did a good job of protecting Cardale Jones and opening holes for Ezekiel Elliot. If Decker can build on his play in 2015, namely shutting down speed rushers, he could rise very high in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Pick change; previously Kendall Fuller, CB
Rd. 2, Pk. 21
Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
The Panthers could use more help at the safety position and really have lacked a difference-maker or steady starter in the deep middle.
Joseph totaled 92 tackles, three passes broken up, one interception and two forced fumbles in 2014. He was all over the field against Alabama in that season's opener as he racked up 18 tackles with a tackle for a loss. The 5-foot-11, 196-pounder is a gritty, physical defender who is a good tackler.
Joseph looks like he has the flexibility to play free or strong safety, but doesn't show a lot of ball skills. Joseph notched 70 tackles with four passes broken up and an interception in 2013. The previous season, he performed well as a run-defender and had two picks.