Panthers Draft Needs

Randy Inman did a good job over at PantherLair of putting together the Carolina draft needs.  Let’s take a look at what he thought.

Defensive End

Mainly he thinks we need someone who can rush the passer.  I couldn’t agree more.  We were a little shallow here last year and that was before Jared Allen retired.  It will definitely help if we add someone athletic to the position that has some explosiveness off the line.


Josh Norman was franchised which means we have him for at least one more season.  However, he is going to want big money after that and he’s getting up there in years.  I doubt management will give him the contract that he wants so he will likely end up somewhere else in 2017.  That means we need to draft some young talent who can come in and learn the ropes from the veteran and hopefully fill his shoes the following season.

Offensive Line

Cam needed protection in the Super Bowl and didn’t get it.  Now of course, nobody was able to stop Von Miller the last part of the season so you can’t fault them too much.  However, Cam has shown that when he has time to throw, or just time for the play to break down so he can get out of the pocket and scramble he’s the most dangerous quarterback in the league.  I’d like to see Carolina go out and get him some help here.

Now the team can still build through free agency.  A lot of big name players are just being released.  I’ve heard reports from ESPN that both safety Eric Weddle and cornerback Antonio Cromartie have interest in joining our team.

Weddle played for Riverboat Ron Rivera when he was the defensive coordinator with the San Diego Chargers.  If Ron thinks he’s a good fit then I’m going to trust his judgement, he would know better than anyone.

Same goes for Cromartie.  He played for San Diego from 2006-2009 after being a first round draft pick out of Florida State.  He’s been a good player, but is getting a little older.

However, I like that Rivera has had these players on a team in the past, knows what they can and can’t do, knows if they will fit in the team atmosphere.  I think he’ll make the right decision.