Panthers, Texans Among Five Most Intriguing Teams After 2019 NFL Draft
The Panthers were in the top-six in the league in sacks in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Last year, they dropped to 27th. Edge rusher was a huge need for this team as they transition into more 3-4 looks, and GM Marty Hurney grabbed a long, rangy and athletic rusher in Brian Burns with their No. 16 pick. He followed that up by addressing Carolina’s second-greatest need at offensive tackle, trading up in the second (and probably spending a bit more than he should have) on Mississippi tackle Greg Little to protect Cam Newton’s blindside. And speaking of Newton, with cautious optimism surrounding his surgically repaired throwing shoulder, the Panthers drafted their first QB since Newton with the 100th overall pick in Will Grier. Add in the Panthers getting another hybrid player in Christian Miller and a running back in Jordan Scarlett that should end the continued four-year look at Cameron Artis-Payne and the Panthers may be back in the playoffs in 2019.