The Panthers have quite a lot of roster reconstruction to carry out this offseason, however the bulk of Marty Hurney’s work should occur via the draft.
It’s protected to say the Panthers are going to look a lot completely different in 2019. Stalwarts like Ryan Kalil, Thomas Davis and Julius Peppers are gone. GM Marty Hurney should do yeoman’s work within the draft to ensure Ron Rivera has sufficient expertise to educate to a Tremendous Bowl title.
Thankfully, the group’s swoon down the stretch did enhance the draft capital out there to the group’s entrance workplace in April. The Panthers don’t have a seventh spherical choice, however they do open up with the No. 16 decide after lacking the playoffs.
The group’s wants heading into the offseason are apparent to everybody. They’ve to accumulate a middle to interchange Kalil. It’s inconceivable to imagine they gained’t make an try at discovering an improve over Matt Kalil at left deal with. Discovering a defensive finish to play reverse Mario Addison is an absolute necessity.
The query for Hurney is how he’ll prioritize the wants. It’s additionally up within the air which spots he’ll attempt to fill by way of free company. Regardless of the way you slice it it’ll be an offseason of actual change in Carolina. Right here’s how we predict their draft would possibly shake out.
Spherical 1: Jonah Williams
Williams doesn’t have the entire measurables entrance workplace’s crave in franchise left tackles. Primarily, his arms aren’t fairly lengthy sufficient to maintain elite go rushers at bay. He nonetheless would signify an enormous improve over Ryan Kalil.
The actual query for the Panthers is whether or not or not the Alabama deal with will final till the sixteenth choice rolls round. If he’s nonetheless on the board when the Panthers are placed on the clock, he’d be a straightforward selection for Hurney. At worst, he tasks to be a strong starter for the following decade.
Drafting Williams to play left deal with and slotting Taylor Moton in on the best facet would give Carolina a extremely good pair of book-ends to guard Cam Newton. Don’t be shocked if the Panthers go for an edge rusher in spherical one, but when Williams is on the board, he’d look nice in a Carolina uniform.