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?

1. Houston Texans select South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney

2. St. Louis Rams select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins


3. Jacksonville Jaguars select Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles

4. Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel

5. Oakland Raiders select Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack

6. Atlanta Falcons select Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans

8. Minnesota Vikings select Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr

9. Buffalo Bills select Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews

10. Detroit Lions select UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr

11. Tennessee Titans select Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

12. New York Giants select Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald

13. St. Louis Rams select Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan

14. Chicago Bears select Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix


15. Pittsburgh Steelers select Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert

16. Dallas Cowboys select Auburn defensive end Dee Ford

17. Baltimore Ravens select Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin

18. New York Jets select North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron

19. Miami Dolphins select Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks

20. Arizona Cardinals select Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio

21. Green Bay Packers select Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley

22. Philadelphia Eagles select Louisville safety Calvin Pryor

23. Kansas City Chiefs select LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

24. Cincinnati Bengals select Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard

25. San Diego Chargers select Notre Dame DT Louis Nix

26. Cleveland Browns select USC WR Marqise Lee

27. New Orleans Saints select Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller

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.