From Bryan Strickland's latest "Mocking the Panthers" (link)
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com
DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame
The Panthers selected defensive tackles with their first two choices last year. Would they go there again? With the re-signing of defensive tackle Colin Cole, the top nine defensive linemen on the roster last year are all back for the 2014 season.
The mountain of a man that is Nix can help someone situated in the latter stages of the first round. By the way, Drafttek.com lists Nix's teammate at Notre Dame, defensive end Stephon Tuitt, at No. 28 on its big board.
Gil Brandt, NFL.com
DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota
Brandt says that the 6-5, 310-pounder Hageman "has size, power and explosion but lacks consistency, otherwise he would be ranked higher. He might be too tall to play defensive tackle in the NFL but is good enough to convert to end."
Flexibility is always a good thing, both when it comes to prospects and to draft strategies.
Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com
DE Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
The three other analysts referenced in this article that go at least 50-deep with their prospects don't list Attaochu. That should serve as a reminder that while looking at the consensus is a good way to get a feel for the draft, NFL teams will have significant differences of opinion on their draft grades - causing the draft to play out in a way no one can accurately predict.
Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
While the Panthers try to take the best available player, that strategy has its limits. I'll go out on a limb and say Carolina will not choose a quarterback in the first round.
I can kind of see the DEs (though not the Georgia tech guy) but DTs? And a quarterback? Those would be surprises.