The Carolina Panthers have seven rounds to get the pieces into place that will represent either success or failure on the field in 2014. A good draft will allow the Panthers to be successful during the upcoming season and beyond, while a poor draft could set the team back.
Carolina has needs at offensive tackle, wide receiver and cornerback. Despite the current needs, there is a possibility that general manager Dave Gettleman and his staff will take a player that does not meet an essential need but can be a valuable asset on the field.
The other positions to consider are offensive guard, outside linebacker, tight end and safety.
Last season, Gettleman used the team's first two picks on defensive tackles. The move was a bit surprising, but it paid off. While the same strategy may or may not be used this year, addressing the needs on offense will be crucial in the early rounds. However, taking a cornerback first should not come off as surprising.
2013 Draft Cap
Round 1: Star Lotulelei, DT
Round 2: Kawann Short, DT
Round 4: Edmund Kugbila, OG
Round 5: A.J. Klein, LB
Round 6: Kenjon Barner, RB
This was Gettleman's first draft as Carolina's GM. Three of his picks did well on the field, while injuries to Kugbila and Barner limited their action. Gettleman proved in this draft he does not get zoned in on one player or position, and much of the same should be expected for this year's draft.
2014 NFL Draft Information
Round 1 will take place Thursday, May 8 at 8 p.m. ET. Rounds 2-3 will be held Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. The final four rounds will occur Saturday, May 10 at noon. Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for further updates. This slideshow will discuss each pick as the the draft progresses.