Smith was one of the players I identified yesterday as a potential Day 2 target. The Panthers traded their third round pick to move up in the second to select Devin Funchess. Luckily for Carolina, Smith is still on the board and could provide quality depth at the defensive end position.
In the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft, the Panthers’ offensive line coach John Matsko headed to the University of Oklahoma to work out three offensive linemen. Offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson was one of those players, who spent a majority of his time as a Sooner at left tackle.
Thompson has a huge frame standing 6-5, 324 pounds with 34 7/8 arm length. The scouting report by Dave-Te’ Thomas doesn’t have a whole lot of bad things to say about the player and he could end up being a steal on Day 3.
Yesterday, Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis seemed to be a possible target for the Panthers to add depth to the defensive tackle. Davis was selected in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens and if the team wants to add a defensive tackle, Rakeen Nunez-Roches would be a good fit.
Nunez-Roches is described in his scouting report as a raw talent and a player who shows great desire and is very coachable. This could be the perfect situation for Nunez-Roches as the team is set at defensive tackle and they would be making this selection with an eye past the 2015 season.
The Panthers now have plenty of size at the wide receiver position with the addition of Funchess but could still use some speed. Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder has plenty of that and could step in this year and contribute on this team as a return man.
The one position that it is almost certainly going to be addressed today is the running back position. The team has the featured back in Jonathan Stewart but they could use a complimentary running back who could step in if needed. USC’s Javorius “Buck” Allen was the workhorse for the Trojan’s offense and could be the right fit for the Panthers.
In 2014, Allen ran for 1,489 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. The last two seasons he ran for double digit touchdowns and even showed his pass catching ability last year with 41 receptions. At 6-0, 221 pounds Allen would make a lot of sense on Day 3 for the Carolina Panthers.