I've always been of the opinion that you can never have too many DL or OL. The trenches are always fraught with exceptionally hard play, and by extension injuries. No one knows this better than the Carolina Panthers who have at times been forced to piecemeal together a makeshift offensive line while dealing with the oft injured Jeff Otah, while even the stalwart Travelle Wharton missed games in 2010.
It wasn't a surprise the Panthers addressed the OL in the draft, but the names may not be household (sense a theme here?). With their 6th round compensatory pick the Panthers added C Zachary Williams out of Washington State and T Lee Ziemba out of Auburn.
At the next level Williams projects to add depth at guard, while helping where needed at center. If you remember correctly the Panthers were relying on Mackenzey Bernadeau to help snapping the ball during the preseason last year, with disastorous results.
Meanwhile Ziemba played right tackle for Auburn, but he figures to move over to right guard and will likely compete for the starting job there. He is more NFL ready than Williams at this point, and the move to guard should hide the issues with his lack of athleticism.
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Zachary Williams was projected as a pick from 5-FA, but Ziemba falling to the ed of the 7th round seems surprising given his resume (from NFL Draft scout):
2010: 2010 SEC JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY WINNER (COACHES)...AFCA Coaches' All-America ... Walter Camp All-America Team ... FWAA All-America Team ... Associated Press Second-Team All-America ... SI.com First-Team All-America ... CBSSports.com Second-Team All-America ... Rivals.com Second-Team All-America ... Coaches' First-Team All-SEC ... Associated Press Unanimous First-Team All-SEC ... Named to Outland and Lombardi Watch List ... Phil Steele Fourth-Team Preseason All-American ... Coaches' First-Team Preseason All-SEC ... First-Team Preseason All-SEC as voted by members of the media ... First-Team Preseason All-SEC by Sporting News, Rivals.com, Lindy's, Athlon, Phil Steele, and Blue Ribbon ... Started all 13 games at right tackle ... Part of o-line that allowed 21 sacks in 261 pass attempts.
Looks like he could play far bigger than his draft position