Five OL Carolina Panthers prospects to watch during the NFL Combine
Five Carolina Panthers offensive lineman prospects to keep an eye on during the NFL Combine.
The Carolina Panthers offensive line was in shambles last season before the season even began but depth and a key signing kept the team afloat, although ultimately the results were in need of improvement. Starting guard and tackles Amini Silatolu, Matt Kalil and Daryl Williams all suffered various types of knee injuries to limit their production – Kalil never played a snap but second-year tackle Taylor Moton shined along with free agent acquisition Chris Clark.
Center Ryan Kalil continued to be the anchor for this unit, starting all 16 games for the Panthers after being limited during each of his two prior seasons. The farewell tour for Kalil, who announced his retirement plans prior to the year, didn’t end as he would have hoped but general manager Marty Hurney must now find a suitable replacement.
Backup Tyler Larsen played well when Kalil was sidelined but if he is the long-term solution at center remains to be seen. Along with plans here, Carolina must decide what to do with the remaining Kalil on the outside at tackle.
Whatever is decided, expect the Panthers to be eyeing improvements along the offensive line and some could come in the form of draft picks. Some of the first to take the field for the drills at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine, keep an eye on these offensive line prospects.