There is no change with this pick from the last mock draft. The addition of Oher provides the Panthers time to develop Clemmings and either start him at right tackle or learn to play left tackle in practice.
Last week, Xavier Cooper was the pick here however with news of Carl Davis’ planned visit with the Panthers at the end of March, he seems to be the logical choice at the moment. Davis is a player who can play a number of positions along the defensive line. He gives the Panthers’ a young player to work into the rotation and eventually replace Dwan Edwards and Colin Cole, who are both getting towards the end of their career.
The Panthers addressed their lack of speed with the pick of Tyler Lockett last week. However, the signing of Ted Ginn Jr. does not make this as much of a priority and allows the team to address other needs. The Panthers are going to be looking for a back up to running back Jonathan Stewart with the release of DeAngelo Williams. Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon would be a perfect complement to Stewart but also can be a featured running back if Stewart is injured during the season.
It is no secret that GM Dave Gettleman loves to stock up on pass rushers and at this point in the draft it is worth taking a flyer on a player like Corey Crawford. The defensive end out of Clemson didn’t produce like some would hope but has physical tools that are hard to find. At 6’5” and 283 pounds, Crawford shows an impressive combination of quickness and speed that is hard to find. A coaching staff that is willing to work with him and help refine his technique could end up with a diamond in the rough.
Another player who was blessed with great physical tools but didn’t translate to high production at the college level, Ladarius Gunter would be a perfect pick in the fifth round. He is a big cornerback (6,1”, 202 pounds) who could provide the Panthers with a cornerback who can matchup on the outside against the bigger wide receivers in the league. This would allow Bene Benwikere to move inside to nickelback where he played very well to start the season.
The Panthers were able to address a number of key positions to this point that they can now go back and add depth to the offensive tackle position. Laurence Gibson out of Virginia Tech started his entire senior year at left tackle for the Hokies but could play on either side of the line. The additions of Oher, along with the picks of Clemmings and Gibson strengthens a position that was a major weakness a season ago.
Pick: Kyshoen Jarrett, SS (Virginia Tech)
The Panthers are going to be looking for a thumper to play alongside Tre Boston and that is exactly the type of player Jarrett is. At 5’10” and 200 pounds Jarrett is physical enough to play up at the line but can also drop back if need be. He could be a perfect player, at least for his rookie season, to play an outside linebacker/ safety position on passing downs. Even with the recent signing of Coleman, drafting a player like Jarrett provides the team depth as well as options to puts themselves in better position to match-up with the opposition.