Here's another team that desperately needs to upgrade its offensive line. I can't believe the Panthers' front office went into the season with Michael Oher as the starting left tackle and thought that would be OK.
Rd. 2, Pk. 24
Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
It's no secret that the Panthers need some help in their receiving corps. The unit will be better if Devin Funchess becomes a solid starter across from Kelvin Benjamin, but Carolina doesn't have much else at the position.
Rd. 1, Pk. 21
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE/3-4OLB/3-4DE, Oklahoma State
Carolina has bigger needs on the offensive line and at receiver, but the value isn't at either position in this mock. The Panthers also could use an upgrade at defensive end after losing Greg Hardy. Kony Ealy, Charles Johnson and Wes Horton have a grand total of one sack this season - courtesy of Johnson.
To open 2015, Ogbah has 18 tackles, 6.5 for a loss and 4.5 sacks. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder broke out for the Cowboys in 2014 with 11 sacks, 49 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and five passes batted. He has speed to go with size. As a freshman in 2013, Ogbah recorded four sacks and 20 tackles while rotating into the game.
Pick change; previously Derrick Henry, RB
Rd. 2, Pk. 21
Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
The Panthers need more talent on the offensive line, and Michael Oher is not a long-term solution. Ifedi could be a starter at guard or right tackle.
Ifedi (6-5, 325) has been a steady right tackle for the Aggies and is an athletic blocker with quickness. Ifedi has more strength and nastiness to him than other recent Aggies line prospects like Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi. Some scouts think that Ifedi would be better off at guard in the NFL.
It’s been two drafts in a row where Carolina truly needs a left tackle to protect Cam Newton. They at least grabbed Kelvin Benjamin and a decent guard in 2014, but reached for Devin Funchess and drafted the ordinary Daryl Williams in 2015. Though adding Ezekiel Elliot seems ideal, improving the running game does only a fraction of good when Cam Newton is continuously beat down by defenses. Decker has all the tools to be a decade long starting left tackle. Protect your franchise QB or you’ll be leaning too often on backups.
Carolina needs a receiver badly and could potentially reach a little bit to get one in this spot. Treadwell is awfully talented and looks a heck of a lot like AJ Green on the field. It is yet to be seen how he comes back from the injury he suffered last season but if he indeed has a good year, he will be a coveted target.
Johnathan Stewart is getting up there in age, and the fact that he’s virtually incapable of staying healthy only makes that look even worse. Collins was part of an incredibly solid 2 back attack (I made that sound lamer than it is) and looks primed to carry his success into the next level. He would be going a little bit higher in the second round if he were better as a receiver out of the backfield, but he’s going to have plenty of opportunities to do so with Jonathan Williams out for the season.