ANY competent GM in the NFL, whether he "needed" Clowney or not, would pick Clowney if he was there when his team turn to draft was up.
Any GM who *wouldn't* would deserve to be fired forthwith. Clowney will be an immediate difference-maker in the NFL for any team that chooses him, whether you "need" him or not.
I agree with this sentiment for our team if there is no safety or OL available that would be an immediate upgrade. I do not believe that the Panthers are a team that can make these luxury picks because we still have a few positions that are very weak and need to be improved upon.
The middle picks round one are usually where teams draft need because they are too good to pick based solely on talent but aren't good enough to have no immediate need for improvement. Clowney will be a beast in the NFL, but I do not think that our team needs him over a stud safety or OL.