Panthers Show Interest in Two Players

The Carolina Panthers met with two more prospects at the East-West Shrine Game, reports's Charlie Bernstein. A lineman and a pass rusher, this pair could fit into Ron Rivera's plan to make the Panthers a more physical, attacking team in 2011.

Carolina scouts met with Syracuse outside linebacker Doug Hogue and Clemson offensive tackle Chris Hairston at the East-West Shrine Game on Tuesday.

Hogue (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) is one of the draft's best athletes. He began his college career at running back, including six starts in 20 games, before switching to defense as a junior. He made an instant impact on that side of the ball, posting 72 tackles and nine sacks in 2009 and 95 tackles and three sacks in 2010.

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Hogue played more snaps than any other Syracuse defender over the last two seasons, as his versatility allowed him to play every package. That skill would come in handy in Carolina, where Rivera plans to add some 3-4 elements to the base 4-3 defense.

Hairston (6-foot-7, 333 pounds) was a three-year starter with the size and strength to be a strong right tackle in the NFL. Although he played the left side at Clemson, his mediocre footwork will likely force him to the right once he goes pro. He missed two games due to a knee injury as a senior, but durability is no real concern. He is likely a fourth-round pick.

To see the other players the Panthers have met with at the East-West Shrine Game, click here.

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