Panthers Schedule More Pre-Draft Visits

In preparation for the NFL Draft next month, the Carolina Panthers continue to set up private visits with prospects who could be potential targets when they are on the clock.

The Carolina Panthers look to be focusing on the offensive side of the ball with visits scheduled with Stanford’s wide receiver Ty Montgomery and Indiana’s Tevin Coleman according to reports.

Yahoo! Sports’ Rand Getlin tweeted that Montgomery has a number of visits scheduled but the Panthers along with the Houston Texans are first on the list. In the past two seasons with the Cardinals, Montgomery has caught 122 passes for 1562 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Last season alone he accounted for 25% of the team’s receptions as well as over 20% of the team’s receiving yards.

At 6’2” and 215 yards Montgomery has great size and physicality to play on the outside and pairing him with Kelvin Benjamin on the outsides would be tough for cornerbacks to matchup with these two. He also has experience on special teams returning 13 punts and 17 kickoffs his senior year.

The Panthers also will be on the lookout for a running back in the Draft to replace the hole left when they released DeAngelo Williams. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman is scheduled to meet with the team.

The big names at the position are Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Georgia’s Todd Gurley, who both have a strong chance of going in the first round. Even though Coleman may not be getting the same attention, he is an excellent back and should be able to produce at the NFL level almost immediately

The thing that impressed me the most about Coleman was the fact that he played on an awful Hoosiers’ offense, one that he was basically the only weapon on. He ran for over 2,000 rushing yards last season and ran for 339 more yards than the team had passing yards. He also rushed for twice as many touchdowns as the team threw for.

Coleman had surgery right before the NFL Scouting Combine so was not able to participate in any drills but will be able to work out for teams at his campus Pro Day on April 15th. How he performs there will determine when he hears his named called on Draft Weekend.

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