A 12-4 season pigeonholed the Panthers into picking near the end of every round of the draft, starting at pick No. 28 in the first round. Sure, Carolina is set at quarterback and has one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL, but there are some gaping holes for general manager Dave Gettleman to fill.
The entire wide receiver depth chart from 2013 left via free agency, and the talent pool Gettleman brought in to replace last year’s crew isn’t as talented.
The Panthers are going to have to think about a wide receiver early in the draft.
Another position of need the Panthers must address early is offensive tackle. Jordan Gross, who anchored Carolina’s offensive line, retired in the offseason—as did a few others—crippling the depth along the offensive line.
To protect quarterback Cam Newton, the team is going to have to bolster its offensive line through the draft.
After those two huge holes, look for the Panthers to think about the defensive backfield.
Here’s what you need to know about the 2014 NFL draft and how the Panthers can set themselves up for another shot at the NFC South crown.