According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Carolina Panthers’ offensive line coach John Matsko was in Norman, OK working out three former Sooners on Tuesday. The team’s starting offensive tackle Daryl Williams and Tyrus Thompson as well as starting left guard Adam Shead all spent some time with the Panthers’ coach.
Williams, who started at right tackle for Oklahoma last year, is the highest rated prospect of the group with him ranked eight among offensive tackles and Thompson not far behind at 11th on Scout.com. Both of these tackles are expected to hear their named called at some point next week while Shead is expected to go undrafted, who is ranked 14th among offensive guards.
These three players played a big part in helping the Sooners’ rushing attack finish 11th in the country with 3395 rushing yards and finish fifth in average yards per carry (6.10 yards).
Williams and Thompson are both big bodied tackles, standing 6’5” and over 325 pounds, who can be road graders for the Panthers running backs. If the Panthers front office hopes to address other positions early in the NFL Draft, the selection of Williams or Thompson would be great Day 3 selections to add depth to the offensive tackle position.