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The common perception amongst most fans is that a guard pick in the first round isn't exactly "sexy." But Chance Warmack potentially being drafted by Carolina would be the sexiest outcome for the team in a few ways.
For one, the front office must protect Newton. He went down a total of 36 times this season and did suffer through a few minor injuries to end the year. If Newton ultimately ends up with a more serious injury due to poor protection, the franchise will be in immense danger.
Warmack, given his rare skill set for a guard, would be a great upgrade from Geoff Hangartner.
(Fun fact: Newton and Warmack were teammates at Westlake High School in Atlanta.)
As the highest rated guard in a number of years, Warmack would also be extremely valuable to the Panthers in establishing their run game more effectively.
Carolina has quite a bit of money invested in their three-headed backfield of DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert. If they want to get the most out of that, Warmack would be a prime investment to get their potent rushing attack going.