Panthers sizing up talent at the Combine

The Panthers are at the combine, interviewing players and making observations. We're making our observations of them, and what we've seen indicates the Panthers may make some more surprise moves before the draft.

Our sources indicate that John Fox and the entire Carolina Offensive Staff spent a great deal of time with Fresno State RB Dwayne Wright on Thursday. Wright, who weighs in at 227 lbs and stands just a hair under 6', would be viewed as either a power running back or full back in the NFL, and the team's interest could indicate that either DeShaun Foster or Eric Shelton's days in Carolina are numbered.

Teams may shy away from Wright, who tore his patella tendon two years ago and is already 24 years old, for fears that they are getting damaged goods. People liken him to Frank Gore, who Wright feels is an accurate comparison of himself. "Him and Willis McGahee have been big inspirations," Wright said. "They faced adversity well. I'm looking to follow in their footsteps."

Scouts are torn on Wright's game, however. Some of the descriptions will remind panther fans of Shelton; "Lacks explosiveness through the hole", and "Lacks speed to run away from defenders"... "Runs too upright and takes too much punishment".

Another early WR pick?

Our sources in Indy also indicate that the Panthers staff also took a long, hard look at WR Aundrae Allison from East Carolina. Allison was born and raised in Kannapolis, NC and attended AL Brown High School. He's a fast, bigger-sized receiver that should go on the first day of the draft, and would give the Panthers another burner opposite Steve Smith. With Keyshawn Johnson's status still up in the air (remember, he said he may retire), the Panthers need another WR.

Is now the time for a QB?

With the new coordinator and the new playbook, it would seem that now is the time to bring in the Panthers' QB of the future. The Panthers have been looking at Brady Quinn long and hard, and you have to wonder if he's there at 14 would they pull the trigger. If Davidson's playbook is anything like Weis', that would allow Quinn to have an easier learning curve.

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