The list of safeties the Carolina Panthers have met with or worked out is expected to grow by one today as the team will work out Middle Tennessee State's Kevin Byard on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Byard had a highly productive career for the Blue Raiders finishing with 19 career interceptions at the collegiate level. This type of production is why he has been on NFL team's radar this offseason.
However as Rob Rang of CBS Sports notes in his scouting report, there is still plenty of question marks for the safety. "Byard's knack for creating big plays has earned him attention throughout his career but there are holes in his game, including a lack of ideal physicality and playing speed," writes Rang.
"Against the elite competition he'll face in the NFL, the former two-star recruit will once again have to buck the odds."
These type of workouts for NFL teams will be invaluable for Byard and could have a major impact on where he is selected in the NFL Draft at the end of the month because he was not one of the players invited to the NFL Combine.
Byard does not have the same physical traits of some of the other safeties the Panthers have visited/worked out and is one of the smaller ones among the group at 5'11" and 216 pounds. However, the ability to force turnovers is something this defense thrives on, leading the NFL a season ago in interceptions (24), and this is a strength for Byard.
If he is able to have a strong performance for the Panthers, he may be able to answer some of those questions lingering for the strong safety.