Carolina Panthers Have Plenty of Options With 14th Overall Pick

By Devin O'Barr
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The NFL Draft is less than four weeks away and teams like the Carolina Panthers are getting closer and closer to finding someone who they think can give them years of excellence. In the past two seasons, the Panthers have won big with two straight Rookie of the Year winners in Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly. It’s going to be hard for the Panthers to snag a rookie of year in the middle of the first round, but the options they have are endless.

Carolina plays in a division where teams love to toss the long-ball as both the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons have the ability to throw for 500 yards each game. Weapons like Julio Jones, Marques Colston and Vincent Jackson are not leaving anytime soon, so I think that Carolina should go the defensive route later this month.

Many mock drafts have the Panthers going wide receiver because WR Steve Smith is getting up in age, but I think that the organization can find talent at that position later in the draft.

Kenny Vaccaro of the Texas Longhorns is a name that has been flying around the draft boards as he has the potential to go anywhere from pick number 11 all the way to 22. The Panthers would be foolish to let this safety slide as he has been proclaimed as a linebacker who has the ability to play safety. Sure, the Panthers have made many moves within their secondary, but none of them spell long-term relief like Vaccarro does.

New general manager David Gettleman has many decisions to make, and it will be exciting to see what the Panthers decide to do with the 14th overall pick–if I was in charge, I would address a defense that needs some aid.

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