Looking at the current panther roster the holes are obvious. OT, DB, WR, jump out. RB and DE could also use depth/an upgrade. Most of these positions have been addressed in some way through free agency. OT has been filled through Oher and Martin. Not exactly a long-term solution, but there isn't any upgrades that will make that position better left floating around in FA. For wide receiver we've signed a couple guys and have a diversity of potential. Unfortunately Moore is no longer available, and in my book that leaves Nicks and Jennings as potentials in FA. However, it seems as if the panthers are comfortable with the depth at the position in the draft. RB, will probably be addressed in the middle of the draft, and there isn't anything we want left out there. DE, still has a very interesting crop of players left on the market. My favorites are Bowers and Spencer, but the reality is they aren't really upgrades over what we have. Gettleman will probably address that in the first round (if the right guy drops), or not at all. I'm not too uncomfortable going into the season with what we have.
This leaves DB. Looking at the draft, I don't see us getting someone who can contribute right away. The glut of late first round OT talent, and our needs there make that the most likely selection. The talented RB and DE that could drop to there make those possible as well. I don't see WR happening unless we're in love will someone like Dorsett. However, I just don't see a guy who would help us out at DB falling to us in the first. We aren't desperate in the position, but we could really use an outside Guy to push Bene inside in the nickel. This is why I felt like it was a gut punch when we didn't get Ball. Sure, he's not great, but it's the position I don't see us filling in the draft.
So who is left to get? There are two guys left that could help us significantly (Tarell Brown, and Zachary Bowman). One guy is by far my favorite, and the guy I think would bring our FA class to a close, Zachary Bowman. He's big enough to play on the outside, and has been productive in limited playing time behind two good players with the Giants. He has Gettleman ties, and also has South Carolina ties (he's from Columbia). Finally, I like that he went to a military college, those guys are disciplined. I think he'll be well worth the minimal amount it would take to get him, and I think it fills that final hole that is still fillable in FA.
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