Carolina Panthers: A Look at the Pre-Draft State of the Team-Part 3

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Curtis Samuel
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Curtis Samuel /

To conclude the series, we take a look at the Carolina Panthers most explosive positions.

Wide receiver and running back are both positions that could be looked at but aren’t of major need. for the Carolina Panthers. Yes,  it would be nice to find another complimentary back to Christian McCaffrey, and this would be the draft to do it, but a complimentary back can still be found whether through the draft or not.

Wide receiver really isn’t a need with DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel coming into their own, throw in Chris Hogan, Jarius Wright, and Torrey Smith, and the Panthers are fairly decent at the position. Again, yes it would be nice to have a big bodied receiver to be able to out-jump and out-muscle cornerbacks while acting as a true red zone threat, but the Panthers haven’t had much success with big receivers.  Unless they could somehow come away with an already established receiver like a Julio Jones or A.J. Green,  it doesn’t seem likely to jump the gun and find another so soon. Finding another tight end doesn’t seem logical for the team to target early either. With Greg Olsen returning, Ian Thomas improving, Chris Manhertz, and newly-signed Thomas Duarte providing depth, adding a fifth tight end would only add to a room that already full of potential.

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The only other position that many believe  could possibly require attention would be the backup quarterback position. Behind Cam Newton, the Panthers have Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen at QB2 and QB3. Though they might not gain a lot of fear from others, both men are capable but young players who have shown flashes for the team, but most people seem to want more behind Newton.

WVU quarterback Will Grier is a name heavily floated around, and his talent would indeed be welcomed in Carolina, but it’s highly unlikely that the Panthers would be able to land Grier in the round that he’s expected to go. Expect a possible talent like Tyree Jackson to be more attainable for the team. If not, the super affordable players would be expected to stay in Carolina until a real successor is needed.

To conclude, the Panthers are definitely in need at defensive end, defensive tackle (though some are already in place), safety, and possibly linebacker with the departure of Thomas Davis. All positions that could be taken in the first three rounds. But we won’t know for sure until April 25th through the 27th when the new Panthers will be selected.