Here's the latest update to the draft prospects we know visited with the Panthers courtesy of PFT who added a couple visits from last week that we have not discussed yet on CSR. The first is an OG that would require the Panthers to expend their #40 if he is still there. The other is a mid round prospect at LB, probably a 4th or 5th round selection for the Panthers. The two additions bring out list up to 24 private visits. That makes me wonder if we simply missed hearing about 6 other private visits or if a 2nd visit by a prospect counts towards the 30 visit maximum (I was thinking Fletcher Cox has had two visits).
Let's start with the OG prospect:
Wisconsin OG Kevin Zeitler - Zeitler is a solid 2nd round prospect who has been going in the late 1st round in some mock drafts. Here's his profile on Walter Football:
Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
Height: 6-4. Weight: 314.
40 Time: 5.39. 10-Yd Split: 1.75.
Arm: 32 3/4. Hand: 10 1/8.
Projected Round (2012): 1-2.
4/24/12: Zeitler had some issues at the Senior Bowl in the one-on-one scrimmages against defensive linemen. He generally lost his battles there, but performed better in the team-scrimmage portions. In Mobile, Zeitler also got in some work with the centers, and he is attempting to pick up the position. Zeitler had a respectable showing at the Combine before impressing scouts at his pro day. He looks like a pick in the top half of the second round, but some believe that he could sneak into the first round.
The senior did a fabulous job paving the way for running back Montee Ball. Zeitler is strong at the point of attack and has no issues blasting open running lanes. He has more mobility and athletic ability than one might think. Zeitler did a good job of hitting blocks on the second level and in the open field on screen passes. He also did a solid job in pass protection for quarterback Russell Wilson.
You might think that 40 time is a little slow but actually he ran a faster 40 than DeCastro. Outside of that his measurables and production are there and besides, 40 time is not a key indicator for OGs anyway.
The record for OGs selected in the 1st round is three so I like the chances of Zeitler being available at #40 since DeCatro and Cordy Glenn are certain first rounders. Considering the Panthers brought in three OGs for private work outs I think it's safe to say they plan to draft a guard at some point in the this draft.
I've got one more prospect overview and the complete list of private workouts...after the jump...
The Panthers also brought in Texas OLB Keenan Robinson last week for a private work out. Here is Robinson's profile from Walter Football:
Keenan Robinson, OLB, Texas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 242.
40 Time: 4.69.
Vertical: 35.5. Broad: 10-0.
Arm: 33. Hand: 9 7/8.
Projected Round (2012): 3-4.
4/14/12: Robinson had a solid overall performance at the Combine. He did not stand out as much as a senior he did as a junior. Robinson had 84 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, one sack and zero interceptions in 2011. He has speed, athleticism and quality size.
Robinson looks capable of doing more, but he was never a dominant player. Robinson played well in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.
He reminds me somewhat of a slightly heavier LB James Anderson when he was drafted, a guy who played well but never dominated in college but could develop.
I think it is safe to say the Panthers hope to bolster the LB position in the draft and could go early or late for the position. Robinson would be a mid round target I imagine if they Panthers don't select a OLB at #9 or #40.
Here's the complete Panther private work out prospect list that we have so far:
Arkansas WR/KR/PR Joe Adams
Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon
LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers
LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne
North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples
Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd
Boise State safety George Iloka
West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin
Montana defensive back Trumaine Johnson
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Memphis guard Ronald Leary
Arkansas State safety Kelcie McCray
LSU receiver Rueben Randle
Texas linebacker Keenan Robinson
Midwestern State guard Amini Silatolu
Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy
Baylor receiver Kendall Wright
Memphis DT Dontari Poe
Miss St. DT Fletcher Cox
Syracuse DE Chandler Jones
* South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore
UGA P Drew Butler
Texas LB Keenan Robinson
Wisconsin G Kevin Zeitler