Pre-Draft Team Needs: Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have missed the playoffs the past two seasons. What moves do they need to make in order to make a playoff run? Details inside...

Players Added

LaBrandon Toefield/RB - He'll vie for a short-yardage role and also compete for the No.2 role in back of starter DeAngelo Williams.

D.J. Hackett/WR - The former Seattle Seahawk is expected to handle the No. 2 role which was a big issue for the team the past two seasons. Hackett played in the West Coast offense previously so he'll have adjust to Carolina's passing game.

Muhsin Muhammad/WR - He's back with the team that drafted him and Muhammad will be expected to handle the No. 3 role.

Milford Brown/G - He'll compete against Vincent for the right guard job.

Keydrick Vincent/G - With the move back to a power running game, Vincent will get another chance to revive his career at right guard.

Tyler Brayton/DE - He'll compete for the starting right end job but is more of a rotational player.

Landon Johnson/WLB - The underrated linebacker should be able to beat out veteran LB Na'il Diggs for the starting job.

Terrence Holt/S - He'll get a chance to compete for the free safety job against Nate Salley.

Ricardo Colclough/CB - The former second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers will compete for a role in the dime defense.

Players Lost

David Carr/QB - He'll go down as one of the worst free agent signings in recent team history. Matt Moore did a good job last season and could replace Carr for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.

DeShaun Foster/RB - The team signed Toefield to replace him.

Drew Carter/WR - He can get deep which is why the Oakland Raiders signed him.

Keary Colbert/WR - Despite underachieving mightily, the Denver Broncos signed him for good money.

Christian Fauria/TE - The journeyman blocking tight end may be at the end of the line of a long career.

Mike Wahle/G - LT Travelle Wharton is slated to move inside to replace him. Wahle signed with the Seattle Seahawks and he'll compete for a starting job against Rob Sims.

Justin Hartwig/C - He was pushed out of the starting job by former second-round pick Ryan Kalil. However, Hartwig will get a chance to start with the Pittsburgh Steelers who are looking for someone to compete against Sean Mahan.

Kindal Moorehead/DT - The career backup will get a chance at more playing time with the Atlanta Falcons.

Kris Jenkins/DT - He hasn't been the impact player that he was earlier in his career so the team dealt him to the New York Jets. Veteran DT Damione Lewis is expected to replace him.

Mike Rucker/DE - He's expected to retire. Second-year DE Charles Johnson and free agent signee Tyler Brayton will compete for playing time in Rucker's spot.

Dan Morgan/LB - The team couldn't depend on him because of concussion problems so he was released. He's slated to play on the weak-side for the New Orleans Saints.

Deke Cooper/S - The journeyman safety should find backup work closer to training camp.

Marquand Manuel/S - He didn't do much to impress the coaches last season and is now with his fifth team in the last six seasons.

Pre-Draft Team Needs

1) Defensive End - The team got very little production from DE Julius Peppers last season who enters 2008 on the final year of his contract and veteran DE Mike Rucker is unsigned and is expected to retire. They did sign former Oakland Raiders first-round pick Tyler Brayton but he's seen more of a rotational player and they also have second-year DE Charles Johnson on the roster. But the bottom line is the defense only produced a very weak 23 sacks last season.

2) Right Tackle - With the expected move of RT Jordan Gross to left tackle, the right tackle job is essentially open.

3) Defensive Tackle - With the trade of Kris Jenkins to the New York Jets, that will push Damione Lewis into the starting lineup but he's best used in a backup role.

4) Quarterback - Starter Jake Delhomme is coming off of major elbow surgery and he turned 33 earlier this year. The team worked out University of Delaware QB Joe Flacco out recently and it would probably be a smart move to select a developmental quarterback who could start in a few years.

5) Free Safety - The team signed Terrence Holt but he was recently by the Arizona Cardinals after a disappointing performance last season. Carolina also has third-year S Nate Salley who was injured for most of last season. The bottom line is the coaches are looking for more production out of this position and what is on the roster may not provide good enough results.

Other Issues to Address

Running Back Depth

Offensive Line Depth

Safety Depth

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