The period between December and April is a special time for college players, NFL teams and football fans everywhere. It is a time when many draft-eligible players showcase their talents in front of the nation during bowl games, along with the plethora of pro scouts who may be in attendance. It also creates a buzz about which high-profile players all the way down to Mr. Irrelevant will be drafted and how they can help move their new team forward.
The Carolina Panthers will be looking to make a significant impact in their 2013 draft, trying to find players who can help them win when the season opens and become regular fixtures on the field over the coming years. It is still up in the air who they will go with as their first choice with the 14th overall pick, but the general consensus tends to think they will address their defensive line.
Carolina only has five picks (not counting any compensatory picks) as they traded away their third-round selection to San Francisco and their seventh-rounder to Oakland. Needless to say, they will need to make savvy moves given the limited selections they have at their disposal. Of course, the new general manager of the Panthers may find it in his best interest to trade a player or two to add a few more picks if such a deal can be made.
This slideshow will cover the smartest (if not logical) picks the Panthers can make when they are on the clock this April.