Fan Mock Draft: Whom should the Panthers select No. 28 overall?
It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick him. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. OK, let’s get into it. The Carolina Panthers are on the clock.
For a team that is coming off a 12-4 campaign, the Panthers surprisingly have plenty of needs.
Quarterback Cam Newton underwent minor ankle surgery and should be fine by the start of the season, but he’ll need some help from the front office. After letting four wide receivers, including veteran Steve Smith, leave, the Panthers must find a go-to playmaker on the outside.
The biggest need for Carolina is replacing offensive tackle Jordan Gross, who announced his retirement earlier this offseason. So, who will the Panthers select with the No. 28 overall pick?
Virginia OT Morgan Moses
The 6-foot-6, 314-pound tackle has outstanding size and strength. While he logged 43 starts during his days at Virginia, some draft analysts have noted that he’s a developmental project. Moses could be a bookend right tackle opposite last year’s No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher.
TCU CB Jason Verrett
At 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, Verrett might be the most polished cover cornerback in the draft. Some critics have pointed out that his size is a significant disadvantage, but Verrett isn’t concerned as he has had success against big receivers in the Big 12.
Indiana WR Cody Latimer
Latimer would give the Panthers a reliable threat on the outside. Latimer has very good size and reliable hands. While he was sidelined during the draft process with a foot injury, he’s been one of many draft analysts’ favorite players.
Fresno State WR Davante Adams
The wide receiver position is very deep in the draft this season and the Panthers could opt to wait. Adams, though, led the nation in receptions and receiving touchdowns last season and is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenders.
Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence
Lawrence has been one of the hottest rising prospects in the past month. Several teams have brought Lawrence in for a visit. The 6-foot-3, 251-pound defensive end is very athletic, but some may consider this a reach.