The Carolina Panthers have shown a great deal of interest in the Clemson Tigers' defense from a season ago. Last week, the team met with Kevin Dodd and on Tuesday hosted three of his defensive teammates: defensive end Shaquille Lawson, cornerback Mackensie Alexander and inside linebacker B.J. Goodson.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller was the first to tweet about the Panthers' workouts, reporting the team was meeting with Lawson. Shortly after, NFL Network's Rand Getlin tweeted that he was joined by Alexander and Goodson.
This is an interesting group as Lawson and Alexander address significant needs in the Panthers' defense, however both are considered top prospects. It wouldn't be a surprise if either player was on the board when the Panthers are on the clock with the 30th pick in the first round.
Goodson on the other hand is a player the Panthers' could be looking at in the later rounds and CBS Sports ranks him as the 13th best inside linebacker and projects him as a 7th round or undrafted free agent prospect. Goodson though performed well at the NFL Combine and finished in the Top 10 among linebackers in four workouts: Bench Press (1st), 3 Cone Drill (4th), Vertical Jump (6th) and 40-yard dash (9th).
The Panthers' have one of the best starting linebacker group in the NFL with Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson as their starters. Their reserves are a little suspect after A.J. Klein and Goodson could be a linebacker who could develop into a starter over time.