Big Run on Quarterbacks
One prediction that seems to be picking up steam as the NFL Draft approaches is that not four, but five quarterbacks could be drafted in the NFL. SI.com Jenny Vrentas wrote recently that a theme this year could be teams reaching for quarterbacks. This would be a substantial increase from the past two years when five quarterbacks were drafted in the first round combined. The last time five quarterbacks were drafted in the first round was 1999.
If this happens to be the case, the Carolina Panthers are going to be the team that benefits the most from this. The Panthers have the second to last pick and if there is this many quarterbacks selected before them, a good player is sure to fall to them. The quarterback position is one that they don't have to worry about with Cam Newton, who is the reigning league MVP.
Players Who Fit 3-4 Defenses Selected
The other thing the Panthers have to hope for is that teams select defensive players who fit 3-4 defensive schemes. The Panthers run a 4-3 defense so they are not going to be interested in any player that doesn't fit their scheme.
They won't even be on their radar so if they are selected, it would be a win for the Panthers because it means a player they are interested in would still be available.
Multiple Options At 30
If these two things happen, this should leave plenty of options when the Panthers are on the clock. They are in a position where they are able to select the best player available because they have a well-rounded roster that doesn't have any glaring holes.
The one that may be the weakest is cornerback, however, GM Dave Gettleman may wait until the later rounds to address this weakness.
On the defensive side of the ball, the team could be in the market for another pass rusher. This defense is built on getting to the quarterback and a player like Shaquille Lawson, Kevin Dodd or Emmanuel Ogbah would be great fits for this team.