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Carolina Panthers 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition

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Carolina Panthers 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition

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The Carolina Panthers finished last season with a 12 – 4 record after winning the NFC South, earning a No. 2 seed in the NFL playoffs and then losing to the San Francisco 49ers in their first playoff game. The Panthers will be disappointed to have finished last season on such a negative note, but they will have plenty of opportunities to boost their talent level in the upcoming NFL draft.

Carolina’s biggest need is at the receiver position. Yes, the Panthers have a plethora of speedy receivers, but they’re missing a big threat to pair with Steve Smith that can help out Cam Newton in a pinch. In a draft with a lot of talented receivers, this should be a need they definitely address. Another desperate need is at the cornerback position and, once again, this is a fairly deep draft that they could get potential starters with their late picks in every round.

On top of those two needs, they need some depth and youth on the offensive line, which they should be able to get in the later rounds of the draft. This is a young team that with just a few pieces could be NFc Championship ready.

Here is a 7-round mock draft for the Panthers in which I tried to include players that will be available when it’s their turn to pick at No. 28 in every round. Feel free to leave a comment in the section below of the name of a player you’d like Carolina to potentially draft, as well.

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Round 1 (Pick 28): WR Kelvin Benjamin – Florida State Seminoles

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Carolina has a plethora of speedy receivers, but they need a big threat to pair with Steve Smith. Benjamin fits that mold and will be learning from one of the best WR’s in the game.

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Round 2 (Pick 28): CB Pierre Desir – Lindenwood

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Tall corners seem to be the way many NFL teams are going after the recent success of the Seahawks and, at 6’1, Desir fits that mold. He’s fast, strong and could be an immediate starter for the Panthers.

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Round 3 (Pick 28): OT Ja’Waun James –Tennessee Volunteers

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James had a very good career for the Volunteers and should be ready to fit into an NFL system almost immediately. He has a little bit of trouble with speed, but could still be a perfect fit for the Panthers.

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Round 4 (Pick 28): OG Brandon Thomas – Clemson Tigers

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Although short at 6’3, he showed out in the senior bowl and could be a pick that pans out somewhere down the road.

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Round 5 (Pick 28): CB Deion Belue – Alabama Crimson Tide

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Since cornerback is one of the biggest needs for Carolina, I wouldn’t be surprised if they chose two in the draft. Belue had a solid career with one of the best defenses in college football and should at least be talented enough to make the Panthers’ roster.

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Round 6 (Pick 28): WR Jeff Janis – Saginaw Valley

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A receiver from a small school who showed out in the combine, Janis is the type of player that may have been a third round pick if he went to a bigger school. He’s extremely talented and could be the steal of the draft.

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Round 7 (No Pick):

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The good news is that they would’ve picked close to the end anyway. Expect a lot of FA signings, however.