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  1. Chad Reuter - NFL.com Carolina Panthers Draft picks: Maryland WR D.J. Moore (No. 24 overall), LSU CB Donte Jackson (No. 55 overall), Tennessee DB Rashaan Gaulden (No. 85 overall), Indiana TE Ian Thomas (No. 101 overall), Mississippi LB Marquis Haynes (No. 136 overall), Maryland LB Jermaine Carter (No. 161 overall), North Carolina LB Andre Smith (No. 234 overall), Miami DT Kendrick Norton (No. 242 overall). Day 1 grade: A Day 2 grade: A Day 3 grade: A Overall grade: A The skinny: Moore was the best receiver in the draft. He's fast, quick, elusive, and tough. Get him the ball and let him go. Cam Newton needs more weapons, and now he's got a very good one. Jackson is a sticky corner who has no fear. If he wasn't so slight, he might have gone sooner. Despite his frame, he's willing to mix it up with any receiver. The Panthers got a good one to replace Daryl Worley in Gaulden, who is a physical defensive back that went in the correct part of the draft. The Panthers can play him at safety, corner, or nickel. Carolina moved out of the third round, ending up with the top pick of Day 3 plus a fifth-round pick. They picked Thomas kick off the festivities on Saturday morning, a value pick at a need position. They traded up to get the active and long Haynes as a pass rusher. Andy Benoit - SI.com CAROLINA PANTHERS Generally the Panthers think that having a talented defensive front seven can make mid- and late-round defensive backs play better. But this year, most of the front-seven players in Carolina are under contract through 2020 or beyond, while every defensive back—save for slot specialist Captain Munnerlyn—is due to hit free agency before then. So, restituted GM Marty Hurney went defensive back with his second and third picks, taking speedy, boom-or-bust corner Donte Jackson and multifaceted safety/slot man/corner Rashaan Gaulden. Before that, however, Hurney addressed Carolina’s putrid wide receiver situation. With all wideouts still on the board, he took D.J. Moore, who some see as a potentially more polished DeAndre Hopkins. Moore’s success playing with Cam Newton could come down to his ball adjustment skills. Fourth-round tight end Ian Thomas is also an important selection. The Panthers, with their multi-actioned rushing attack and play-action game, are at their best in two-tight end packages, but they entered the draft without a quality contributor behind Greg Olsen. Grade: A- Dane Brugler - NFLDraftScout.com - Panther #3 best draft class Mel Kiper Jr - ESPN Carolina Panthers: A- Top needs: Wide receiver, cornerback, defensive end Like their NFC South rivals in Atlanta, the Panthers went with a wide receiver in Round 1, taking Maryland's own D.J. Moore at No. 24. I'm a big fan of Moore, who is more than a workout warrior, though he put up freakish numbers at the combine with a 4.42 40 time and 39.5-inch vertical. He was productive for the Terps, and he's great after the catch. He runs through arm tackles, and he's built like a tailback. The Panthers needed a guy like that for Cam Newton, and it wasn't going to be veteran Torrey Smith (another Terp), who was brought in last month. Moore could be Newton's favorite target in a hurry. After parting ways with Daryl Worley, the Panthers needed cornerbacks to compete for the spot opposite James Bradberry. They added two on Day 2 with Donte Jackson (pick 55), one of the fastest players in this class (4.32 40), and Rashaan Gaulden (85), who I had rated as more of a sixth-round talent. (Remember that veteran safety Kurt Coleman is no longer with the team.) Jackson is only 5-10 and 178 pounds, but he's an elite athlete. Ian Thomas could develop into the heir apparent to Greg Olsen, and to get my fourth-ranked tight end at 104 is great value. Marquis Haynes (136) is another good player on Day 3. If there's an issue with this class, it's not getting a pass-rusher. Are they really going to rely on 38-year-old Julius Peppers to play almost 500 snaps again? Mario Addison is also going to be 31 by Week 1, and you face Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Jameis Winston six times a year in that division. I liked the depth of this class, though, and won't ding it too much. There is value from top to bottom. Nate Davis - USA Today Carolina Panthers: C- First-round WR DJ Moore is a nice player, but how much does he diversify an offense that already has so many short-area passing targets (Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen, Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel). Second-round CB Donte Jackson provides 4.3 speed. But at 5-11 and 178 pounds, won't he be seriously overmatched by NFC South WRs like Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and Mike Evans?
  2. Panthers Team Need No. 1: Offensive Line Silva’s Analysis 33-year-old C Ryan Kalil’s body has broken down, and he intends to retire after the season. Vikings castoff Jeremiah Sirles is not an adequate starting left guard. LT Matt Kalil was a predictable flop free-agent signing by ex-GM Dave Gettleman. RT Daryl Williams is in a contract year. Editor's Note: Fantasy Baseball season is here! Compete in a live fantasy baseball snake draft right now! Drafts take as little as 2 minutes to complete and last just one night. For a limited time, DRAFT is giving Rotoworld readers a FREE entry into a real money draft and a Money-Back Guarantee up to $100! Here's the link Panthers Team Need No. 2: Pass Catcher Silva’s Analysis There are indications this could be 33-year-old TE Greg Olsen’s final NFL season. Top WR Devin Funchess is in a contract year. Torrey Smith is not a solution to Carolina’s deep-threat void, and Curtis Samuel can’t be counted on after last year’s devastating leg injury. Panthers Team Need No. 3: Secondary Silva’s Analysis Running back qualifies as a lower-value need after Christian McCaffrey looked more like a space player/slot receiver than foundation back as a rookie. Secondary is a higher-value and more pressing need with mediocrity at virtually every position on Carolina’s back end. Top CB James Bradberry took a step back as a sophomore. FS Mike Adamsturned 37 in March. Norris’ Mock Draft Round 1 (24): WR D.J. Moore, Maryland - If the Panthers want Moore, they’ll have to select him in the first round (barring a trade back). He would (potentially) add a new dimension to the offense, explosion with the ball in his hands and true playmaking ability on the outside and inside. I could totally see corner or safety at this pick as well, but at some point, the Panthers must invest in more talent around Cam Newton, specifically at receiver. Round 2 (55): S Jessie Bates, Wake Forest - It might be a stretch to think Bates would be available this late, but even recent years have seen a run on safeties take place in round two. Bates can handle a variety of alignments and might be a piece for the Panthers to build around in their secondary. Round 3 (85): G Braden Smith, Auburn - The Panthers reportedly brought Smith in on a visit. He’s an outstanding athlete inside, exploding into his blocks or when getting to the second level. If the Panthers miss out on Frank Ragnow, Smith could be the target on day two. Round 3 (88): EDGE Chad Thomas, Miami - At EDGE, the Panthers need something beyond band aids. Maybe that’s Daeshon Hall, but that can’t be relied upon entering the 2018 season. Thomas has plenty of size to play on the outside and is still developing his counters if his initial move is stopped. Round 5 (161): CB Quenton Meeks, Stanford - It’s clear the Panthers like corners who aren’t afraid to come up and tackle, even on the edge. That is definitely Meeks. It does not appear their length “threshold” has carried over with Marty Hurney as GM. Round 6 (197): TE Andrew Vollert, Weber State - The Panthers have some real questions beyond 2018, including replacements for Ryan Kalil and potentially Greg Olsen. Vollert is more of a move/receiving tight end, but his athleticism and production are great. Round 7 (234): RB Jordan Wilkins, Ole Miss - I would love for the pick to be John Kelly here, and although some evaluators label him with an UDFA tag, I think he’s off the board. Enter Wilkins who fits the “hammer” role the team is apparently looking for. Round 7 (242): QB Logan Woodside, Toledo - The Panthers still don’t have a real backup quarterback on their roster.
  3. Damiere Byrd - WR - Panthers Panthers re-signed WR Damiere Byrd to a one-year contract. C Tyler Larsen and P Michael Palardy also signed one-year deals. All three were exclusive rights free agents. Byrd caught 10 passes for 105 yards including two Week 15 touchdowns last season, but he ended the year on injured reserve with a knee issue. With Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright now in the fold, Byrd is likely looking at a backup role.
  4. 1) 24. CB Mike Hughes - Central Florida - By the time we pick at 24, selecting any other position besides CB would be a substantial reach unless Calvin Ridley drops. Picking a TE or Safety would simply not be a good value at this spot. Hughes will immediately upgrade our secondary and become our CB2, he’s also a terrific return man. 2) 55. C Frank Ragnow - Arkansas – Ragnow will compete with Moton for starting LG this season. He will back-up Ryan Kalil at C, and will become Kalil's successor next year. With this one pick, Hurney will have solved 3 questions marks on our roster. 3) 85. WR DaeSean Hamilton - Penn State - Runs great routes, has good hands, and is a plug and play wideout. What's not to like? Hamilton is a guy who can keep the chains moving. Almost 80% of his catches in’17 went for 1st downs. 3) 88. FS Rashaan Gaulden – Tennessee – Gaulden plays nickel for the Vols but will convert full time to safety for us. He’s got good size and plays very physical, reminds me of Charles Godfrey. 5) 161. LB Skai Moore - South Carolina - TD will serve a 4 games suspension to start the season, oh, and he's also retiring. David Mayo will be a free agent next season and Ben Jacobs and Jared Norris are strictly special team guys. PFF lists Moore as one of the best cover LB’s in this year’s draft. 6) 197. QB Chase Litton - Marshall - Litton is an early entrant who has the size and enough arm talent to potentially develop into a solid backup QB. At 6'5'' 230 pounds he is almost the exact size as Derek Anderson. 7) 234. TE David Wells - San Diego State - Wells was leaned on to do some of the heavy lifting as a run-blocking specialist in the Aztecs offense last year. He’s a solid prospect to challenge Chris Manhertz as our blocking #2 TE 7) 242. CB Terrell Bonds - Tennessee State - This late in the draft Hurney will probably pick a small school guy who we can develop. We worked out Bonds at his pro day and like him as a slot corner to challenge Corn Elder and eventualy (possibly sooner than later) replace 30-year-old Captain Munnerlyn. · First thing you notice is that we didn’t draft a DE or a RB. We have 8 picks and approximately 10-11 positions of need. We simply CANNOT fill all our roster holes. · Every year there is always 1 position that we all believe we will draft and come draft weekend, we don’t. Last year was TE this year it will be RB. · Our offseason has not been “sexy”, we haven’t made a single move that truly gets everyone excited. This mock draft flows the “unsexy” theme. Not sexy but we get 8 good football players. · Hurney’s first priority for our early picks is that they have to immediately come in and play and possibly start for us. · With more needs than picks this year, Hurney has by now realized that trading back in the 1st round is his best option. · At the very least, acuiring 1 more pick in the top 100 should be enough to fill all our major roster holes.
  5. Damiere Byrd - WR - Panthers Panthers re-signed WR Damiere Byrd to a one-year contract. C Tyler Larsen and P Michael Palardy also signed one-year deals. All three were exclusive rights free agents. Byrd caught 10 passes for 105 yards including two Week 15 touchdowns last season, but he ended the year on injured reserve with a knee issue. With Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright now in the fold, Byrd is likely looking at a backup role.
  6. TheSpecialJuan

    Panthers offseason

    ESPN columnist Mike Sando spoke with NFL coaches, executives and league insiders to gauge how each team has fared in the first wave of free agency (ESPN Insider required), and if Sando’s sources are correct the Carolina Panthers still have some work to do this offseason.
  7. The Carolina Panthers offensive line depth chart has become a little more clear now that the OTA practices have come to an end and the Panthers Mini-Camp is set to begin. Here is how the depth chart is shaking out according to my eyes and notes... Left Tackle Michael Oher - Biggest question mark on the entire team. Jonathan Martin - Looking to revitalize his career Martin Wallace - Has earned a few second string reps David Foucault - On the bubble Right Tackle Mike Remmers - Has also spent limited reps at second string center) Daryl Williams (R) - Getting plenty of one on one coaching Nate Chandler - Chandler hasn't practiced, recovering from injury, slight speculation here. Left Guard Andrew Norwell - Future pro bowler? Amini Silatolu - Last year's starter Tyronne Green - 5th year journeyman our of Auburn, injury issues. Right Guard Trai Turner - Road grading guard Chris Scott - Appears to be in good shape, can also backup tackle position Jordan McCray - Tryout player looking for a chance Center Ryan Kalil - Leader of the offense. Brian Folkerts - Solid backup, used as TE on some rhino packages Ronald Patrick - South Carolina kid looking for a NFL home. Taking a quick glance of this lineup, it is easy even for the most casual fans to see a tremendous upgrade over the offensive line from this time last season. Three of the five starting offensive line positions have been upgraded tremendously (Remmers, Turner, Norwell) and the jury is still out on one position (Oher). The quality of depth found is also much improved with former starters moving back to backup positions where they probably should have been to begin with.
  8. The Carolina Panthers offensive line depth chart has become a little more clear now that the OTA practices have come to an end and the Panthers Mini-Camp is set to begin. Here is how the depth chart is shaking out according to my eyes and notes... View full article
  9. http://footballgameplan.com/fbgps-2015-nfl-draft-special-inside-the-war-room-carolina-panthers/ Good morning Panther fans! Here's my inside the war room special for you guys. Enjoy! Em
  10. I saw the computer comp on NFLN, and Mike Mayock said it was an interesting comparison---his tone giving me the feeling that he was actually considering it to be somewhat true, so I looked him up, and maybe... Nelson Agholor looks fairly smooth and looks to be a threat on punt returns. An unnamed NFC scout apparently believes that his ceiling is as a slot receiver. Perhaps the scout is right, but it sure does look like he can play on the outside when I look at his highlights, and he looks fairly physical. As for speed, he ran a 4.42 which is almost identical to Maclin's 4.45