The most pressing need for the Carolina Panthers appears to be split between wide receiver and offensive tackle. Depending on who you ask, it is a matter of opinion which position will be addressed first on May 8th.
For the most part, the experts appear to be favoring an offensive tackle, but there have been those who have projected receivers and defensive backs to the Panthers on day one of the draft.
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
This young man seems to be picking up steam as the Panthers' first pick. There are still those who question his value as a late first-rounder and if Dave Gettleman does not feel he is the right pick, he will have no problems looking in another direction. Moses still has a lot of upside and could very well have a bright future in Carolina. He was the reason why the Cavaliers enjoyed having a 1,000-yard rusher on the team for the first time since 2004 and he could bring that same kind of luxury to the NFL.
Who's Picking Him: Kiper, Rang, Prisco and Bardeen
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Another top name among offensive tackles. If it weren't for his history of knee injuries, Kouandjio would be a shoo-in as a top pick in this year's draft. However, his "failing grade" by many NFL teams at this year's combine dropped his stock and he could go as late as a top second-round pick. He is very aggressive and his quickness off the snap could benefit both the passing and running games. Carolina took a gamble last year with a player whose medical history scared off teams. It wouldn't be surprising to see a repeat in draft strategy.
Who's Picking Him: Brugler and Edwards
Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California
The need to get Cam Newton a talented receiver with potential to be a number one target could trump finding someone to block his blind side. Lee could be the best value if the likes of Brandin Cooks and Davante Adams are both off the board. Lee has decent size and has the speed to be elusive as both a receiver and return man. He does have a knack for running good routes and can change direction with ease.
Who's Picking Him: Kirwan
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Ebron is regarded as the top tight end in this class and could very well be a top 10 pick. While Carolina is set at the position with starter Greg Olsen and a group of backups behind him, drafting Ebron would give the Panthers a means to have an effective passing game, while keeping defenses honest. The selection of Ebron could mean a lot of two tight end sets being used on the field, which will allow Mike Shula's unit to mix it up. However, Ebron is too good to be on the board late in the draft. Carolina would have to trade up to get him and with the needs at other positions, such a move is unlikely.
Who's Picking Him: Brinson
Joel Bitonio, OT/OG, Nevada
The selection of Bitonio is a new idea that could suggest the Panthers will use veteran Byron Bell at left tackle and move Bitonio to the inside. He is capable of playing both positions and it could be a matter of how the coaching staff wants to construct their offensive front. A capable left tackle in college, Bitonio has a good combination of strength and quickness to protect a quarterback's blind side. He proved he could take on top competition while in school as he matched up well against UCLA's Anthony Barr.
Who's Picking Him: McShay
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Unlike Ebron, Lewan to Carolina could happen as a result of his off-field issues dropping his value, and not from the Panthers trading up. His on-field talent is great and he could be a great blindside protector for Newton. If he is available, don't expect the Panthers to immediately pounce on him. Character flaws have bitten the franchise in the past and Gettleman will not want to repeat history.
Who's Picking Him: Miller