2012 NFL Draft: Ranking Possible First-Round Outcomes for the Carolina Panthers

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2012 NFL Draft: Ranking Possible First-Round Outcomes for the Carolina Panthers
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With the exception of Gene Smith, we all know a first-round pick in the NFL Draft is nothing to mess around with.

This selection allows each NFL team to instantly upgrade their roster's most glaring need. It goes without saying that we've seen Pro-Bowlers, All-Pros, Hall-of-Famers and Super Bowl champions all taken in the draft's first round.

And as the Carolina Panthers are taking a turn into possible postseason contention, their ninth overall pick is extremely valuable in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.

The front office can go down a few avenues with this pick. They can opt for some offensive help in a lineman or a wideout or try and build a stronger defensive presence.

So in anticipation of this year's event, here are the top 10 possible first-round outcomes for the Carolina Panthers.

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