Current picks: 28, 60, 92, 128, 168, 204, 225
Needs: Receiver, offensive tackle, cornerback
Well, here’s one good thing to say about the Panthers — they really don’t have to wonder what their primary personnel issue is. Having lost their three main receivers from 2013 (Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn) and replaced them with spackle in the form of Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood, the Panthers and general manager Dave Gettleman are on the clock to resolve this issue — especially since Gettleman basically booted Smith out of town. The Panthers are a potential playoff team, hoping the defense holds fast while the offense is reconstructed.
Though Carolina doesn’t have a selection until the 28th pick, that’s a decent landing spot if a franchise-defining receiver is the goal. USC’s Marqise Lee could still be on the board, and Penn State’s Allen Robinson has an appealing combination of size and speed. The Panthers also have to replace retired left tackle Jordan Gross, and Byron Bell might not be the answer at either side. For a team that prefers power offense, Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio would be a great fit, if his medicals don’t scare the team off. And losing Captain Munnerlyn to the Vikings means that a new cornerback is needed. Clemson’s Bashaud Breeland is a smaller corner who plays tough, and that seems to fit the franchise profile.