Carolina Panthers: NFL Draft preview

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Carolina Panthers NFL Draft screen
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Carolina Panthers NFL Draft screen /

The Carolina Panthers are scheduled for one pick in the first-round of the NFL Draft tonight.

The NFL Draft kicks off tonight as fans, league officials, team personnel and a few prospects descend upon Nashville, Tennessee awaiting to see what their future holds. All of the testing is complete, the tapes have been watched and for NFL hopefuls – only the waiting remains. Barring a trade, the Carolina Panthers will announce their newest team member with pick No. 16 overall.

Carolina has needs at a variety of different positions and general manager Marty Hurney could justify using the initial pick on many of them. Defensive end, offensive tackle, safety and linebacker are all possibilities, in addition to running back, defensive tackle and even receiver – all of which may be targeted later in the draft.

But Round 1 is up first and with the Panthers holding a middle of the road pick, expectations are they will be up sometime between 9:30pm-10:30pm EST. For the first round, each team is allotted 10 minutes to make their selection but many of the first few picks have already been determined and teams will react accordingly.

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Rounds 2 and 3 take place tomorrow (Friday) beginning at 7:00pm EST with the final four rounds set to begin Saturday at noon. Currently, Carolina owns seven selections but none in the final round. Instead, the Panthers were awarded a compensatory selection in Round 3, giving them four total picks within the top 100.

-Round 1 (No. 16 overall)
-Round 2 (No. 47 overall)
-Round 3 (No. 77 overall)
-Round 3 (No. 100 overall)
-Round 4 (No. 115 overall)
-Round 5 (No. 154 overall)
-Round 6 (No. 187 overall)

Hurney has a history of completing draft day trades, so this initial list is likely to change over the next few days. As a team with plenty of needs, there are a few different strategies Carolina could employ as they continue constructing the 2019 roster.

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Coverage begins at 8:00pm EST on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes or online at fuboTV.