After months of scouting and evaluating this year's draft class, it's almost time for the event itself. The NFL draft is one of the most unpredictable events in all of sports, as one trade can make even the most researched mock drafts appear foolish.
The Carolina Panthers currently have five picks in this year's draft, as they are without selections in the third and seventh rounds.
One not-so-funny note, the Panthers would have their third-round pick if former GM Marty Hurney had not sent it to San Francisco during last year's draft to acquire a pick that turned into Joe Adams. Alas, the past cannot be changed, but it's important that new GM Dave Gettleman learns from Hurney's mistakes.
Building a contender is a gradual process, one that must be grounded in getting excellent value out of the draft annually.
The Panthers have a solid core that has the potential to contend for years to come, which means it's up to the front office to augment the roster.
Carolina currently owns the 14th spot in the first round and could go a number of different ways with the pick. With needs at defensive tackle, wide receiver, along the offensive line and in the secondary, it's hard to confidently project who the Panthers might select if they keep their current selection.
With the draft in the immediate future, it's time for one final Panthers big board.