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Lucas Nix (52) celebrates a Pitt Panthers rushing touchdown.
Ryan Kalil, Jordan Gross and Jeff Otah help form one of the top offensive lines in the entire NFL when they are all healthy.
However, the Carolina Panthers have had their share of trouble with key injuries on the offensive line the past two years.
At 6'6", 310 pounds, Pitt's Luke Nix is a tough and physical guard who can protect Cam Newton from the inside rush and clear holes in the middle of the line for Panthers running backs, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams.
Nix also has the footwork and athleticism to get out on the edge to block as a pulling guard when either running back, or Cam Newton, bounces a play to the outside.
Though the Panthers just re-signed Geoff Hangartner and cut Travelle Wharton to make room for Otah's return this season, they need more depth on the offensive line.
Nix, or a similar player, would actually have a chance to start for the Panthers as a rookie and allow undrafted second-year lineman Byron Bell to serve as a dependable backup at several offensive line positions that will likely need backing up as the season goes on.