First of all I'd like to say, the Panthers had one hell of a season and it was fun to watch. Now that the season has come to an end, I'm going to put out my 2015 version of "Ideal First Round Pick For Carolina" , in last year's final edition, I had said that Kelvin Benjamin would be the ideal First Round Pick For us considering our positions of need and players valued around out draft slot. I will be either updating this thread or I will be Making a v2.0 after Free Agency is addressed and probably the Combine so I can research more accurate draft projections because we all know they change a lot throughout the process. But as of now after reading all of the current draft prospects at OT projected to go mid late 1st-2nd round Profiles, scouting reports, and measureables, I currently think that the ideal first round pick for us would be:
La'El Collins, OT, LSU
First off one thing we all know that the SEC is revered for is those dominating huge front 7s, and La'El has performed great against some of the best D Lines in college football, so that there gives me a confidence boost in him that he's already playing one if not the the highest class of competition in college football, so the transition to the pros will most likely be easier for him than someone coming out of a weaker conference.
Now to his Strengths:
Strength, Collins is arguably the strongest blocker in college football and comes up with a lot of big times blocks because of this
Measureables: At 6'5" 321 Lbs, he's got the size, I know he seems light but his strength definitely makes up for it if you watch/read some of the stuff on the links I post. Projected 40 times:
40 Low: 4.96
40 Time: 5.12
40 High: 5.26
I don't know much about what speed is considered good for an OT or even how much it matters (I assume not too much) but take it how you'd like
Overall I think that La'El Collins could be a steal for us at 25 with desperate need for an Offensive Tackle. He has a lot of upside as well as he seems to be one of the more Pro Ready OTs projected to go some time around our pick.