By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on March 26, 2014
During the 2013-14 NFL season, the Carolina Panthers took the next step from on the cusp of the playoffs, to full blown playoff contender. That said, the team has had to endure a rough offseason that has seen Steve Smith released and Jordan Gross retire, and it's crucial to the team's success that they can replace that talent through the NFL Draft. Ladies and gentlemen, five players the Carolina Panthers should target with the 28th pick.
Among the weaker parts of Carolina's roster is it's secondary. With DeAndre Presley and newly-acquired Antoine Cason as the team's top two corners, it's obvious the Panthers need help sooner rather than later. Kyle Fuller, out of Virginia Tech, isn't a flashy player, but he is perhaps the most pro-ready player at the position, and could be a solid player from day one.
After losing Captain Munnerlyn to free agency, the Carolina Panthers were effectively given a huge hole in their defense. Always more of a nickel back than a true outside corner, Munnerlyn was one of the most important parts to Carolina's defensive success. By picking up Jason Verrett, not only are the Panthers selecting someone with talent equal to Munnerlyn's, but also a player with a much higher ceiling.
As stated earlier, the Panthers' offensive line took a huge hit when it was announced that stalwart tackle Jordan Gross had decided to retire. Cyrus Kouandjio struggled in his last collegiate season at Alabama, but there is no doubting his massive potential.
Speaking of potential, Morgan Moses, an offensive tackle out of Virginia, has plenty of it. He can play either tackle position, and with a huge frame and quick, nimble feet, could develop faster than anticipated.
Steve Smith is gone, and there is no long-term answer at receiver currently on the Panthers' roster. Kelvin Benjamin is a big-play waiting to happen, and at 6-foot-5, has elite size. There's no doubt, the Panthers should do whatever it takes to make sure Kelvin Benjamin is wearing a Carolina Panthers jersey come next season.
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