Hardy Gone, Addison/Alexander/Horton all average at best DE's. Johnson will probably retire soon, need to grab a DE for his replacement. Plus, I believe Owamagbe will be the BPA at #25.
Round 2 - Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson
Beast of a DT, Cole and Edwards most likely done after this season. Need someone to replace one of them, probably grab another DT through FA next off season.
Round 3 - Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
Could have been a top 10 pick without his injury. We scoop him up in third. Most likely will be on the two deep behind Oher for much of next season. Has potential to be our starter going into the 2016 season.
Round 4 - Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech
One of the most underrated receivers in the draft. Doesn't have the numbers because he played for GT, whom we all know is a triple option team. He's 6'6 240 and runs a 4.46. Excellent blocker as well, as he needs to be for their run heavy offense.
Round 5 - Javorius Allen, RB, USC
Round 5 (Comp) - Jake Ryan, OLB, Michigan
Round 5 (Comp) - Clayton Geathers, SS, UCF
Round 6 - Damian Swann, CB, Georgia
Round 7 - Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech
Project 2015 Depth Chart:
QB: Cam Newton - Derek Anderson
RB: Jonathan Stewart - Javorius Allen - Fozzy Whittaker
FB: Mike Tolbert
TE: Greg Olsen - Ed Dickson - Brandon Williams
WR: Kelvin Benjamin - Darren Waller - Brenton Bersin
WR: Jerricho Cotchery or FA - Ted Gin Jr - Philly Brown
LT: Michael Oher - Cedric Ogbuehi
LG: Andre Norwell - Garry Williams
OC: Ryan Kalil - Brian Folkerts
RG: Trai Turner - Chris Scott
RT: Mike Remmers - Laurence Gibson
DE: Charles Johnson - Wes Horton - Owamagbe Odighizuwa
DT: Kawann Short - Colin Cole
DT: Star Lotulelei - Dwan Edwards - Grady Jarrett
DE: Kony Ealy - Mario Addison - Frank Alexander
LB: AJ Klein - Adarius Glanton
LB: Luke Kuechly - Ben Jacobs
LB: Thomas Davis - Jake Ryan
CB: Bene Benwikere - Damian Swann
SS: Robert Lester - Trey Boston - Clayton Geathers
I hope we draft a RB in this years draft. Be stupid not it, considering how deep it is at that position. Could pick one up in the 5th or 6th if we can get a comp pick or two. David Cobb, Josh Robinson, Matt Jones are some of the guys I've had my eyes on for potential candidates in the late rounds.
Release/Cut: D. Williams, Greg Hardy, Colin Cole, Joe Webb, Ed Dickson, Garry Williams, Ben Jacobs, James Dockery, Brenton Bersin, Ritchie Brockel, Nate Chandler, Edmund Kugbila, D. Presley, Frank Velasco, Mike Tolbert, Kyle Love, Tomas Decoud, Roman Harper, Graham Gano, and Kevin Reddick.
Resign: Byron Bell, Dwan Edwards, Chase Blackburn, Fozzy Whittaker, Brian Folkerts, and Chris Scott
Dawan Laundry - Safety
Solid safety, provides experience and depth. Short term deal while we let our younger guys gain the experience that's needed to take over full-time.
Patrick Dimarco - FB
Tolbert is gone, Dimarco could be a cheap replacement. He's a solid blocker and receiver.
Cecil Shorts - WR
Brandon Tate - WR
Both Tate and Shorts are becoming buried under the depth chart from either better receivers or by young receivers. They're decent quality guys who provides experience and depth.
Round 1 - Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
Yes, I'm saying we snag Flowers in the first round. I have a good feeling he falls to us and we quickly grab him. Day 1 starter at LT.
Round 2 - Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
Wide receivers seems to be fairly deep in this year's draft, which is why we grab a DE in the 2nd. With Hardy and most likely Alexander gone, we need some bodies at DE, and I don't see GM going after any in the FA. Owamagbe is a solid pass rusher with good size. If he pans out, he could be Charles Johnson's replacement.
Round 3 - Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina
One word, STUD. I just hope he there's in the 3rd.
Round 4 - Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona St
No need to go into depth about the guy, will be a very good safety in the next level, Solid tackler.
Round 5 - Austin Shepherd, OT, Alabama
Yup, we double dip at OT in this year's draft, 1 LT and 1 RT. I see us double dipping at tackle because I don't seeing GM going after any tackles in the FA mainly because all the good one's will either be out of our price range or will resign with their current team. Shepperd's draft stock is slowly rising. Was originally projected to be a 7th rounder or go undrafted, but now is projected to be a 5th round pick.
Round 6 (Comp) - Chucky Hunter, DT, TCU
I think we get at least 1 comp pick this year and my guess it will be in the 6th round. I think we pick up a DT with this pick. Solid DT, good stats, good size. Will play in the two deep and will be Colin Cole's replacement this year. I think we grab another DT from next year's draft, which will be Dwan Edwards replacement. Time to replenish the d-line with some younger bodies.
Round 6 - Damain Swann, CB Georgia
A VERY underrated corner. My only concern is people are going to start seeing this and his draft stock with rise and we may miss out.
Round 7 - Xzavier Dickson, LB, Alabama
Monster of a LB, probably have a limited role in 2015 since he'll need some time to make the transition from college to pro. But I have this guy being Thomas Davis' replacement.
Undrafted Free Agents Potential Players:
I think the most important position here would be a kicker, since I have us letting Gano go.
Potential players and positions:
Kicker - Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame
RB - Marlin Lane, Tennessee (Overrated guy, good size, skills overlooked because of Jalen Hurd taking most of the snaps)
TE - Rory Anderson, South Carolina (Had a VERY good early career, but took a step back, and battled injuries his senior year)
WR - Damiere Byrd (World class speed and a deep ball threat) Look up his plays on YouTube and he's projected to go undrafted. Could be a steal and would make an excellent slot receiver.
2015 Projected Depth Chart:
QB - Cam Newton/Derek Anderson
RB - Jonathan Stewart/ /Fozzy Whittaker/Darrin Reaves
FB - Patrick Dimarco
TE - Greg Olsen /Brandon Williams
WR - Kelvin Benjamin/Philly Brown
WR - Jerricho Cotchery/Justin Hardy
WR - Cecil Shorts/Brandon Tate
LT - Ereck Flowers/Bryon Bell
LG - Andre Norwell/Amini Silatolu
C - Ryan Kalil/Brian Folkerts
RG - Trai Turner/Chris Scott
RT - Mike Remmers/Austin Shepperd
DE - Charles Johnson/Mario Addison/Owamagbe Odighizuwa