This is a big decision for the Panthers and their second year in a row to choose this high in the draft. A good choice at this spot could change their franchise's direction for years to come.
In the 2011 NFL draft, Carolina made the right decision by drafting quarterback Cam Newton with the first overall choice. Newton came into the NFL and took the league by storm.
The Panthers are at a good spot in the draft because they will likely be able to find a great player in one of the positions they need to fill. They could also choose to trade down and gain more selections throughout the rest of the draft. There is a lot of talent coming out of this year's draft class, and the Panthers have a large amount of holes that need to be filled.
Last week, we looked at what positions the Panthers should target in the draft, and now we can look closely at whom Carolina should consider with its first-round pick.
Let's take a look at five players the Panthers should consider with their first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.