Carolina Panthers Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions Post Week 1 of Free Agency

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Carolina Panthers Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions Post Week 1 of Free Agency
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This free-agency period hasn't been a particularly fruitful one for the Carolina Panthers. They've lost a lot more talent than they've gained, and they are left with several big holes to fill as we look toward May's draft. They opted to release Steve Smith, which now leaves a gaping hole at the wide receiver position.

The draft will be a great chance for them to remedy some of the ailments from which their roster isuffering, and they will need to be aggressive—unlike how they've been during free agency so far. 

While getting a talented receiver is of massive importance, it won't do the Panthers any good if they don't have their quarterback standing up and protected, meaning they must target a tackle in the first round. This is a pretty deep class of receivers, and they can definitely find someone worth taking in the second round who will fit the bill.

This draft should be a mix of offensive and defensive playerfor the Panthers, with offensive line, wide receiver and defensive back being the areas of most importance.

 

*All stats courtesy of ESPN.com*

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