The Carolina Panthers are picking at the back end of the first round with the 30th pick and because of that we kept off a number of the top prospects who are expected to have been selected well before the Panthers are on the clock. These are 20 players who could potentially be available at the end of the Draft that the Panthers would be the most interested in.
|2||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|3||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|4||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|7||Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||Oklahoma State|
|11||Vernon Butler||DT||Louisiana Tech|
|12||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|14||Karl Joseph||S||West Virginia|
|16||Braxton Miller||WR||Ohio State|
|17||Michael Thomas||WR||Ohio State|
|19||Sterling Shepard||WR||Oklahoma State|
The first thing that stands out from the Big Board is that the hog mollies dominates the Top 20, with 10 players either on the offensive or defensive line. GM Dave Gettleman is not shy about making it known his love for hog mollies and how it affects the rest of the defense.
This is why aside from Vernon Hargreaves, there is no secondary player in the team's top 13 players, even though this appears to be a position of need with the loss of Josh Norman. The thought process is that defensive lines makes secondaries better and it is hard to imagine the Panthers using a top pick in this area.
The other position that dominates this board is wide receiver with five players in the Top 20. According to a report by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, the team has done extensive work on Michael Thomas but the most intriguing name is his teammate Braxton Miller.
He is raw as a wide receiver, playing the position only one season but the potential is higher than any player on this board. Miller's athleticism is incredible and with a little coaching and development, he could develop into a top wide receiver in the NFL.