See my post on page two regarding this.
Let just say that the Panther's are definitely going to need over 3 million for the draft picks even with the top 51 rule and that's before they cut players to get under the cap. They'll have to cut around 6 players to get under that's not named Williams or Beason. Which with the roster setup on the Panther's right now would push that number up towards 4 million that they would need to sign the rookies.
1st pick is going to cost 1.5 million against the cap, with the top 51 rule in place.
2nd pick is going to cost 600-700k against the cap, with the top 51 rule in place.
3rd picks is going to cost around 150-200k against the cap with the top 51 rule in place.
the other picks are going to cost around 20k-60k each based on the round and singing bonus.
around 2-3 million even with the top 51 rule in place. Picks in rounds 4-7 make 480k plus signing bonus with that bonus ranging from 120k to 15k depending on the round. First round pick will knock someone off making less the 500k plus have a signing bonus on top of that. They'll end up making close to 3 million counting both. 2nd round pick will end up making over 1 million dollars counting signing bonus. Those numbers are based on last years numbers.
Now if the Panther's cut 5-6 players that puts players currently making less then 480k into the top 51 making the amount needed even higher.
This year drafted Rookies will earn around 500k or so, with the minimum being 420k, last year the only players on the Panther's making the minimum of 405k was UDFA. The other players earned 480k. The Panther's currently have around 5-6 players making league minimum for players this upcoming season that will get knocked into the top 51 based on cuts.
If you go by last years draft class with a look at the Panther's 2013 roster, all of the Panther's 2013 draft picks after cuts will be in the top 51.