Carolina’s 7 Round NFL Mock Draft
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The Panthers do not have a 3rd or 7th Round Pick
Round 1 – Pick #14
Kenny Vaccaro, S – Texas
Why He Fits in Carolina: The Panthers need playmakers in their secondary. They like their young CB core that steadily improved last season. However, the S position was an absolute disaster. People either love S Charles Godfrey or think he is a liability. Either way, he is the only player on the roster at S that should even be starting in the NFL.
Vaccaro is the top safety in the class because he excels in coverage. He will be able to provide the defensive matchup that Panthers have lacked against elite TE’s in the NFL.
Round 2 – Pick #44
Jesse Williams, DT – Alabama
Why He Fits in Carolina: This is a pretty easy analysis. The “Monstar” clogs holes and devours running backs. He is an absurdly good physical athlete and could theoretically skyrocket into discussion to be the #3 DT off the board.
The Panthers interior DL graded out, by multiple analytical tools and just the simple eye test, as one of the worst in the NFL. The knock on Williams, and why he may be available at pick #44, is he may be a 2 down lineman. But, he is the size the Panthers need on their interior and I believe he can develop into an every down DT. He starts day 1 and solidifies the Carolina DL by anchoring the middle.
Round 4 – Pick #105
David Quessenberry, OT – San Jose State
Why He Fits: When I watched the Senior Bowl practice I became very intrigued with Quessenberry. He has a very nice developmental frame for a prototypical LT in the NFL. He held up very nicely in pass protection from what I saw during Senior Bowl week and he demonstrated potential at both OT and OG as well.
The Panthers OL has one stud piece in all-pro center Ryan Kalil. It has another quality young piece in second year LG Amini Silatolu. The rest of the line lacks talent and depth. LT Jordan Gross is past his prime and his replacement needs to be phased in, Quessenberry may be that guy.
Round 5 – Pick #141
Marquess Wilson, WR – Washington State
Why He Fits: He is a classic deep ball WR. He makes clean strides with his 6-2 frame and can go up and grab Newton’s vertical passes. There are some character questions but at this point in the draft the potential is worth the risk in my estimation. I had him as a top 5 WR coming into this season and was very disappointed in what transpired for this young man. Here is to hoping the Panthers can get the most out of him.
Round 6 – Pick #172
Mychal Rivera, TE – Tennessee
Why He Fits: The Panthers have just one TE under contract, Greg Olsen. Rivera is a physical blocker in the run game and is an underrated vertical threat. His good hands and physicality make him a nice versatile TE prospect and he will be a very good special teams player as well. A solid value pick in a position area of need in round 6.
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