Predicting the Carolina Panthers' Round 1 Selection Based on Need

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Predicting the Carolina Panthers' Round 1 Selection Based on Need
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL draft is just over a month away, and the Carolina Panthers will be evaluating combine results and the upcoming pro days to gather more information about this year's draft class. The Panthers' most glaring need—considering their inability to produce an effective rush defense over the past few seasons and the multitude of players who have rotated through the defensive line interior—is defensive tackle.

However, there are other possibilities for Carolina's first-round pick. Last year, the team surprised many with its selection of middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. The pick raised a few questions, but in the end concerns were put to rest when Kuechly filled in for the injured Jon Beason and played well enough to earn AP Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Could a similar move be in the works this year?

It's possible the Panthers might not fill their most pressing need in the first round and select a player from another position. Or they may draft a defensive tackle to fill a longtime void on the Carolina defense.

Here are the positions the Panthers could look to address in Round 1 on April 25.

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