Updated Panthers’ Depth Chart After NFL Draft

Now that the NFL Draft is completed the Carolina Panthers roster is pretty much set heading into OTAs and the training camp. This is what I believe the Carolina Panthers' 53-man depth chart might look like if the season started today.

Offense

 

First String

Second String

Third String

Wide Receiver

Kelvin Benjamin

Ted Ginn Jr.

 

Left Tackle

Michael Oher

Jonathan Martin

 

Left Guard

Andrew Norwell

Amini Silatolu

 

Center

Ryan Kalil

Brian Folkerts

 

Right Guard

Trai Turner

   

Right Tackle

Daryl Williams

Mike Remmers

Nate Chandler

Tight End

Greg Olsen

Ed Dickson

 

Wide Receiver

Jarrett Boykin

Devin Funchess

Philly Brown

Quarterback

Cam Newton

Derek Anderson

Joe Webb

Running Back

Jonathan Stewart

Cameron Artis-Payne

Fozzy Whittaker

Fullback

Mike Tolbert

   
 

Notes

  • One of the toughest training camp battles this off-season will be between Jarrett Boykin and second-round pick Devin Funchess. The assumption would be that Funchess would be the favorite due to the team trading up and using a second round pick. However Boykin is more than capable of manning the position. I believe Funchess is going to be heavily involved in this offense but at this point because of his experience, I like Boykin as the number two.
  • Another key battle will be at right tackle between Nate Chandler, who started the year at right tackle, Mike Remmers, who finished the year very well in place of an injured Chandler, and Daryl Williams, who was the team’s fourth round pick. This is one position that I like the rookie here because of his run blocking ability, which is excellent and would be a big boost for this offense.

 

Defense

 

First String

Second String

Third String

Left Defensive End

Charles Johnson

Mario Addison

Frank Alexander

Left Defensive Tackle

Kawann Short

Colin Cole

 

Right Defensive Tackle

Star Lotulelei

Dwan Edwards

 

Right Defensive End

Kony Ealy

Wes Horton

 

Outside Linebacker (SAM)

Shaq Thompson

A.J. Klein

Adarius Glanton

Middle Linebacker (MIKE)

Luke Kuechly

David Mayo

 

Outside Linebacker (WILL)

Thomas Davis

Jason Trusnik

 

Left Cornerback 

Charles Tillman

Melvin White

 

Nickelback

Bene Benwikere

   

Free Safety

Tre Boston

Colin Jones

 

Strong Safety

Roman Harper

Kurt Coleman

 

Right Cornerback 

Josh Norman

Teddy Williams

 
 

Notes

  • I don’t believe there is really any question that Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson will be spending a lot of time on the field in 4-3 defense. The coverage ability of Thompson gives the Panthers defense a lot more versatility and may not be required to play in the nickel defense as much. I am just not sure who will be the official strongside and weakside linebackers.
  • The one concern with this defense is the cornerback position and possibly having to rely on Charles Tillman in 2016. He is a Pro Bowl caliber cornerback however he has struggled to stay healthy, playing in 10 games the past two seasons. If Tillman goes down, the assumption would be that Bene Benwikere would move back outside and the Panthers would move Colin Jones back to nickelback.

 

Special Teams

 

First String

Second String

Punter

Brad Nortman

 

Kicker

Graham Gano

 

Long Snapper

J.J. Jansen

 

Punt Returner

Ted Ginn Jr.

 

Kick Returner

Jordan Todman

Fozzy Whittaker

 

Notes

  • Another tough call to make was Jordan Todman. He was signed as a free agent and is one of the top return men in the league. The problem is that if they hope to keep Todman they will have to carry four running backs with the selection of Cameron Artis-Payne. This could be a numbers game and Todman could be odd man out.


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