Panthers 2nd Round Projections
Today, the lights will not be as bright, the red carpet has been rolled up and the stars have headed to their new hometowns, but the work isn’t done. Day 2 of the NFL draft still has plenty of talent on the board, but who will be available when the Panthers make their pick at 60?
Based on our projections there are 23 prospects, who will in all likelihood be gone before the Panthers are on the clock:
QB: Derek Carr
WR: Marqise Lee, Cody Latimer, Davante Adams, Allen Robinson
TE: Jace Amaro, Austin Seferian-Jenkins
OT: Cyrus Kouandjio, Morgan Moses, Joel Bitonio
OL: Xavier Su’a-Filo, Marcus Martin
RB: Pick one (Hyde, Hill, Sankey, Mason)
DE: Stephon Tuitt, Kony Ealy, Demarcus Lawrence, Scott Crichton
DT: Louis Nix, Ra’Shede Hageman, Tim Jernigan
LB: Kyle Van Noy, Jeremiah Attaochu
CB: Stanley Jean-Baptiste
If those 23 are taken, that leaves four more picks before the Panthers selection at 60. The following are all players who could be in play for that pick.
WR: Jordan Matthews, Donte Moncrief, Jarvis Landry
– Expect one more of these WRs to be gone at 60, but not sure which. Moncrief would give Cam another large, athletic target. Matthews would be consistent, but not explosive and Landry brings a complete slot receiver and the smallest of the three.
TE: Troy Niklas
– Niklas is a massive tight end, who likes to block and would instantly be able to help as an in-line blocker, who has shown ability to block various types of rushers. At 6’6″, 270 pounds he could become an immediate red zone threat.
OT: Jack Mewhort, Tiny Richardson, Billy Turner
– The tackle crop seems to hit another soft spot around 60. Tiny has injury concerns and isn’t known as a hard worker. Billy Turner’s likely too raw to satisfy Gettleman’s instant contributor criteria, and while Jack Mewhort will play, he doesn’t wow anyone.
OL: Trai Turner, Dakota Dozier
– Turner’s a road grading guard out of LSU, who still needs some work with pass blocking. Dakota Dozier, played tackle at Furman, but will likely transition to guard at the next level. Dozier needs some work, but has a tenacity coaches love in their linemen.
DT: Will Sutton
– A disruptive force from the interior, but while Sutton weighs in at around 300 pounds, he’s just over six feet tall. Added weight this past season and it hurt his production.
OLB: Telvin Smith
– A potential fit if the Panthers believe they need to have a Thomas Davis replacement on the roster. Excellent 4.5 speed, but plays at less than 220 pounds, which prompts questions about how he holds up.
CB: Pierre Desir, Keith McGill
– Desir’s from Lindenwood University, but at 6 feet, with 33″ arms and large hands (9.5″), he’s built like a prototypical CB and he’s a playmaker in both the running and passing game. Fair chance he’s gone before the Panthers select. McGill’s a bigger cornerback at 6’3″ with great measurables that didn’t always translate to the field. Panthers may be tempted to take a big corner with Tampa’s addition of Mike Evans to go along with other big weapons around the NFC South.
S: Terrence Brooks, LaMarcus Joyner
– Two more undersized Seminoles, who play bigger than their frames suggest. Joyner’s versatility as a nickel corner and safety will need to be appreciated if he’s going to be considered. Both guys fit ‘football player’ description, but neither matches Gettleman’s affinity for size.
Big Board for potential picks:
1. Troy Niklas
2. Jarvis Landry
3. Pierre Desir
4. Donte Moncrief
(Drop off here)
5. Terrence Brooks
6. Billy Turner
7. Jordan Matthews
8. Keith McGill
9. Trai Turner
10. LaMarcus Joyner
11. Telvin Smith
12. Jack Mewhort
13. Will Sutton
14. Tiny Richardson
15. Dakota Dozier