With the 2012 season in the rearview mirror, the buzz around the NFL has shifted to the draft process, meaning mock drafts are all the rage across the internet.
Organizations around the league have two opportunities to improve their team, with free agency and the draft being integral processes in team development.
While the Carolina Panthers should be active in free agency, their draft efforts will decide how successful the franchise will be moving forward.
With their last two first round picks, the Panthers have selected a franchise cornerstone on both sides of the ball.
In 2011, Carolina drafted their quarterback in the future in Cam Newton. During his rookie season, Newton set the NFL ablaze on the way to winning Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
In 2012, the Panthers nabbed linebacker Luke Kuechly with the ninth overall selection and were not disappointed. In fact, Kuechly led the entire league in tackles and was crowned as Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Entering this year's draft, the Panthers have needs along the offensive line, at defensive tackle and in the secondary.
We will be viewing the mock drafts' of five experts, as the mocks of Mel Kiper, Matt Miller, Rob Rang, Todd McShay and Dane Brugler will be analyzed.
This offseason is about building a playoff team in 2013, which means the players the Panthers draft must be able to make an immediate impact.