Anybody who has followed the Carolina Panthers closely this past season and offseason recognizes that Carolina has three key weaknesses that must be addressed in the draft: wide receiver, offensive line, and secondary. We’ve paid a lot of attention to the first two, but with losing starters Captain Munnerlyn and Drayton Florence, cornerback is arguably just as big of a need. Even with signing Antoine Cason, a former first round pick, there is still clearly a hole at the position. Right now, the listed starter opposite Cason is DeAndre Presley. If you’re like the rest of us and don’t know who that is, he’s a former Appalachian State Mountaineer who’s spent the majority of his two-year NFL career on practice squads. Not exactly ideal.
Even if one wanted to argue that offensive tackle is a more important need, the difference between the tackles projected to be available in the first round and the ones available in the second or even third round isn’t nearly as great as the gap between the top tier cornerbacks and the rest available. Don’t believe me? Check out the top available cornerbacks in the draft for yourself and see why the Panthers may be forced to take a cornerback in the first round. To do that, click here.