As always not going to project trades even though I think the Panthers will walk out of this draft using at least 10 picks.
1(8) Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern – You are getting a high floor, versatile lineman (which seems to be the flavor of the offseason) who will hopefully will the LT void for year to come. If he can’t stay on the outside though, I’m confident I’m getting a stud somewhere on the OL.
2(39) Richie Grant, S, Central Florida – The defense really feels like it’s just missing an interchangeable safety type who can play predominately at the free. Oh, look here who it is, a favorite from the Senior Bowl who Rhule said he would love to coach.
3(73) Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky – Jackson is in a contract year and Bouye is a vet stopgap. Joseph is young and inexperienced but would be a perfect scheme fit. He has all the desired traits, just needs coached up. Can never have enough good DBs.
4(113) Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn – He’s fast. I mean really fast. Fastest player in the NCAA fast. But he a decent route runner with decent hands too. He needs some work and to expand his route tree but there is a lot to work with here. He reminds me of Kenny Stills and would be a big help to WR depth
5(151) Bryce Hargrove, OL, Pittsburgh – I would prefer to add a C/G type prospect earlier in the draft but it never materialized here. Enter the developmental guard prospect out of Pitt who is described as having a mauler’s mentality and who's pass protection comes with strong praise.
6(193) Quintin Morris, TE, Bowling Green – Versatile athletic TE with traits to develop. Can line him up all over to create mismatches. He’s a respectable blocker who needs work and did some damage in the passing game. Coached at the Senior Bowl.
6(222) Nick Niemann, LB, Iowa – Athletic linebacker brought in to add depth with Carter in a contract year and Perryman’s questionable injury history.