8. Carolina Panthers (27th)
Pass Blocking: 10th, Run Blocking: 9th, PEN: 6th
Stud: It’s been a year to remember for Jordan Gross (+33.5). Retirement had been talked about, but surely he won’t quit when playing this well?
Dud: When you convert a defensive linemen to starting right guard there are going to be teething problems. That said, they can be relieved that Nate Chandler (-9.0) wasn’t the total liability he could have been.
Analysis: A big part of their offensive turnaround. They lost Amini Silatolu to injury but Travelle Wharton came in and played lights out in his 851 snaps. Throw in the good (although media overrated) play of Ryan Kalil and it’s really just the right side of the line you look at and think they could do with upgrading the talent/ experience level there.
Not saying it's gospel but certainly makes me wonder why everyone wants our first 5 picks to be O Line.
A successor for Gross needs to be groomed, but other than that, I don't see a huge urgency. Cam had all day to throw until the 49ers knew we were going to pass on every down.
Also, for all those saying that Deangelo was terrible because of the line. No. DeAngelo is washed up.
We need dynamic skill players, a tackle, and DB's, in that order.