Five post-free agency needs for the Carolina Panthers
The good news for the Panthers at cornerback is that they had multiple players step up in 2014. Bene' Benwikere and Josh Norman have both become consistent players in the secondary, but beyond those two there are still question marks. While a guy like Kevin Johnson from Wake Forest could be a great fit, his stock is currently skyrocketing. The Panthers also have more pressing needs than cornerback, but Dave Gettleman has consistently said that the team will draft the best player available. If Johnson is there at No. 25, don't be surprised if the Panthers take him.
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As badly as fans may want to see Todd Gurley drafted at No. 25, it's pretty unlikely. The Panthers may need depth at running back, but they have much bigger needs than that. Gurley would be a great option, but look for the Panthers to target someone like Duke Johnson, Tevin Coleman, T.J. Yeldon or Ameer Abdullah in the middle rounds. With only Jonathan Stewart, Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert (to some extent) on the roster, expect Carolina to add a back at some point.
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The Panthers have Kelvin Benjamin and also re-signed Ted Ginn, but they still need more depth. Players like Brenton Bersin and Philly Brown both have upside, but the team could still use a true No. 2 wide receiver. It's not all bad, largely due to the fact that this draft is incredibly deep at receiver. Anyone from (possibly) DeVante Parker, Jaelen Strong, Devin Smith, Phillip Dorsett, Breshad Perriman or Sammie Coates could all be intriguing options.
There's good news and bad news about the Panthers needing a safety. The good news is that they likely won't need to spend their top pick at the position. The bad news? There isn't much depth in the draft at safety. Gerod Holliman led the nation in interceptions last year with 14, but still needs to become a better tackler. Outside of either him, Alabama's Landon Collins or Arizona State's Damarious Randall, there aren't many options in the first two or three rounds of the draft. There's no reason for Carolina to take a flier on a safety until one of the middle rounds, but it's still one of their most pressing needs.
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The Panthers signed Michael Oher with the hopes that he can turn his career around, but don't count on that. The Panthers are still expected to target an offensive lineman in the draft and a guy like Ereck Flowers could be their top pick. If they choose to wait until day two of the draft, then expect them to target someone like Cedric Ogbuehi from Texas A&M, Jake Fisher from Oregon or Tyrus Thompson from Oklahoma.