Panthers Draft Stock Watch: 8 Players Rising Up, Falling Down Carolina's Board

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Panthers Draft Stock Watch: 8 Players Rising Up, Falling Down Carolina's Board
Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers enter the 2014 NFL draft with some serious needs. They desperately need to upgrade their offensive line and make improvements at wide receiver, but the secondary needs work too. Carolina lost a number of players in free agency and did some work in free agency to mend the holes left by those players, but there are still rips in the roster that need patching.

The Panthers will have their choice of talented players in the draft and have likely seen their big board take shape by now. They're undoubtedly keeping a keen eye on each prospect they've targeted, a group that has been a mixed bag as of late.

In my previous mock draft and big board for the Panthers, I put receivers like Kelvin Benjamin and Allen Robinson high on my list of potential and quality targets for Carolina, but my mind has since changed. Neither player has done anything to hurt his draft stock beyond repair, but the issues they do have could prove to be a turn-off for the Panthers.

On the other side of the spectrum, other players at the same position have surely garnered the praise of Carolina's big wigs. Cody Latimer of Indiana had a stellar workout at his pro day and showed why he should be considered in the early rounds of the draft.

He is a big receiver with great speed—two things that would benefit the Panthers offense in a major way.

Aside from the former Hoosier, cornerback Jason Verrett is another player whom Carolina should be impressed with leading up to the draft. He's an athletic defender who is great in coverage and could contribute to the defense right away.

Especially with the departure of Captain Munnerlyn in free agency, the Panthers could use a guy like Verrett to make up for the loss. Carolina has the opportunity to strengthen its thinned-out roster with the draft and will need to be wise with its selections.

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