There is still a lot of time before next spring's draft, and while 20 teams are already preparing for the combine and pro days, playoff teams like the Carolina Panthers are getting ready for a run at the Super Bowl. That is not to say the team isn't going over scouting reports and trying to figure out which players will make an immediate impact to the team's future.
Last year's class showed how drafting well can turn around a team, and the selections of Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short and A.J. Klein all proved to be good picks. There is no reason the think that Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman can't repeat that same success in 2014.
Carolina, despite being a division winner, still has a lot of holes to fill. Both sides of the ball feature glaring needs, and it will be up to Gettleman to determine which position needs to be addressed first.
Keep in mind that this is a preliminary list and the prospect rankings can change between now and May. This slideshow will not only feature possible first-round picks but those the Panthers may target throughout the entire draft. Additionally, the order is based on player rankings at the time of this writing and not necessarily a reflection of when the Panthers will draft.
All prospect scouting reports are from CBSSports.com and are subject to change.