The Panthers have needs at wide receiver, along both the offensive and defensive lines and in the secondary. It's up to new general manager Dave Gettleman to get the most out of his picks, as this will be the fanbase's first look at how he thinks.
The scouting combine represents an opportunity for teams to study a player's athleticism and to interview the next batch of NFL players.
Sure, 40-yard dash times and vertical leaps matter, but GMs across the league will be focus on drafting mentally stable players. Building an accountable locker room is key in maintaining a consistent contender, so the Panthers should rule out players with character questions surrounding them.
Carolina is without a third-round pick but still possesses two of the draft's first 48 selections. With those choices, the Panthers should walk away with two difference-makers, anything less would be a disappointment.
That's the nature of the NFL, as it's a win-now league. Gettleman is walking into a poor salary cap position, which adds even more pressure to April's draft.