Now that the Combine is over, I thought I’d take a shot at another Mock Draft.
1.14: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Where BPA meets need. Warmack is the best guard in the draft, and the Panthers absolutely need help at right guard. Get the safe pick with Warmack and get elite production at the position for the next ten years.
2.12: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Williams was the most productive wide receiver in the nation last year. The Panthers have shown interest in Baylor wide receivers in the past – they drafted David Gettis, looked very closely at Kendall Wright and also considered taking Josh Gordon in the Supplemental Draft. Williams offers good size at 6-2 and has shown the ability to stretch the field. He’ll need to work on his route running, but for the time being, he’s a guy who can step in and immediately produce as a big, deep threat for Cam to throw to.
4.11: Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State
Sims would be a nice pick in the fourth round as he’s an excellent inline blocker, but he also has excellent size at 6’5 and showed good speed at the combine, running a 4.75-40 time. Drafting Sims not only gives Cam another weapon to throw to, but it also helps our running game get going again as the Panthers would be able to run more two tight end sets, like in 2011.
5.15: Josh Evans, SS, Florida
Evans was the ‘other’ Florida safety. Although Matt Elam got all the attention, Evans is an underrated prospect who has good size and range. He would be good competition for D.J Campbell in his rookie year, and has the potential to become Charles Godfrey’s replacement in a year or two.
6.14: Montori Hughes, NT, Tennessee-Martin
Hughes is a developmental prospect at nose tackle. Here’s what Dane Brugler has to say about him:
Strengths: Hughes passes the eye test with good bulk throughout his frame. Works hard in the weight room and has added approximately 75 pounds since high school, weighing 255 pounds as a senior at Murfreesboro Siegel. Moves light on his feet with an explosive first step to beat blockers off the snap. Shows natural burst to close and finish in a flash. Shows an intense competitive nature and loves to talk on the field. Large, powerful hands to swat blockers and stays balanced through contact.
Weaknesses: Questions about whether or not he can keep his head on straight after multiple incidents in Knoxville, although nothing criminal. Allows his pad level to rise off the snap and will struggle with leverage at times. Room to improve his fundamentals to shed quicker, relying too much on his tools and not technique. Needs to improve his awareness and recognition skills to find the ball quicker and react accordingly. Has a good motor when he has a full tank, but is known to take some plays off. Most of his production came against FCS-level competition.
It looks like the Panthers are able to walk away with three starters from this draft. Warmack is the guard we need, Williams has the potential to become a #1 wide receiver, and Sims could start instantly as our inline tight end.
The Panthers then draft for the future by taking Evans from Florida and Hughes from Tennessee-Martin.
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