Now that the business of Nike's new NFL uniforms is out of the way, we can refocus on the 2012 NFL Draft.
Just ask the Panthers' General Manager, Marty Hurney, or their owner, Jerry Richardson.
After all, the 2011 NFL Draft went pretty well for the Panthers when they selected Cam Newton as the No. 1 overall pick and they spent a pretty penny last summer re-signing the key players they selected in previous drafts.
Carolina Panthers: 2012 NFL Mock Draft
With the 2012 NFL Draft just three weeks away, the Panthers are already on the clock to determine which defensive player they will select with their first pick and which remaining players best fit their needs.
While putting this mock draft together, I assessed the Panthers' needs in order of highest priority versus the most likely available talent.
Some of my picks can contribute on regular teams right away while others' value lies in their upside and participation on special teams.
Potential New Panthers
Most Panthers fans know the first two names on the list, but you may draw a blank until the final slide in which I have Carolina giving a warm homecoming to a former local high school star who just might make the team.
Also, the NFL released its NFL Draft order, including compensatory picks in rounds four-through-seven, which compensate teams for losing players in free-agency in the previous year based upon the FA's performance for his new team.
The Panthers received the final compensatory selection of the sixth round thanks to Matt Moore.
The Clock is Ticking
Speaking of Moore, the Miami Dolphins just made their selection with the eighth overall pick.
The Panthers are on the clock. And with the ninth pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select...