By Dan Schneier @PFF_DanSc on April 2, 2014
The damaged salary cap situation that GM Dave Gettleman inherited from former GM Dave Hurney has left the team with many roster holes to fill in the 2014 NFL Draft. In free agency, they lost their top four leading WRs from 2013, their best cornerback, best safety and the man who protects Cam Newton's blindside.
The team is likely to use the first two rounds to address the two primary needs: LT and CB. These five prospects are great values.
Landry is being overshadowed by his teammate and an incredible rookie WR class due to his poor 40 time. Straight line speed doesn't tell the story with Landry. On film, he displays a knack for getting open against man and zone coverage, strong hands at the catch point and deceptive acceleration.
NFL Comparison: Anquan Boldin
Matthews has not received much buzz yet, and that's because his physical attributes don't jump off the screen. However, he is a long strider and smooth route runner with great hands and better athleticism than given credit for. He brings great character, a willingness to make tough catches over the middle, and the ability to play right away which is what the Panthers need. On film, he reminds me a lot of...
NFL Comparison: Eric Decker
Thomas has the size and athleticism to play multiple positions along the Panthers offensive line right away. His quickness is one reason why he is best suited to play guard, but some dismiss his lack of length and believe that he can also be a fine tackle in the NFL. He excels in run blocking and has no trouble getting to the second level.
NFL Comparison: Cordy Glenn
Kouandjio is a first-round talent if you put on any of his game film, but concerns with a past injury have caused his draft stock to tumble. Most experts believe that this will have no impact on his career, and the Panthers could get a steal if he falls to their pick in the second round. He displays quick feet, long arms and great lateral agility. He has everything you want in a franchise left tackle.
NFL Comparison: D'Brickashaw Ferguson
An inconsistent 2013 season due primarily to bad quarterback play has Moncrief slated as a day two prospect. Meanwhile, at 6-foot-2, 221 pounds, with a 4.40 40-yard dash, he projects as one of the most explosive overall prospects at the position. The reason he comes at a No. 1 here is that he offers the potential to be a true dynamic "X" receiver who the Panthers can focus their offense around.
NFL Comparison: Demaryius Thomas
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