The Carolina Panthers (4-8) are a much, much, much better football team in 2011 than they were in 2010.
Most of their improvement can be attributed to the 2011 NFL Draft in which they selected the league’s most important newcomer and surefire 2011 Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton.
However, the Panthers still have plenty of holes to fill on both sides of the ball and on special teams.
Among those needs is a topflight No. 2 wide receiver to compliment Steve Smith and help Cam Newton & Co.. stretch the field and find the end zone with greater frequency in 2012.
The Panthers could also use new blood at the cornerback position opposite Chris Gamble to help get the defense off the field and to put the ball back in Newton's hands.
Here’s a look at five skill position players Panthers GM Marty Hurney and Coach Ron Rivera will be evaluating in the offseason and possibly picking on April 26, 2012, at the 2012 NFL Draft.