After an agonizing delay, finally there's word of the Panthers first private workout.
The Carolina Panthers like to move slowly, but with a little over a month before the NFL Draft, we finally have an idea of at least one player they're interested in. According to a report from Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is holding a private workout with Panthers' receiver coach Ricky Proehl today.
Over the last few months the team has made it clear they're looking to surround Cam Newton with more play-makers. It appears they've missed on the idea of adding Mike Wallace (reportedly close to signing with Miami), ensuring the Panthers will need to look towards the draft to find WR help.
As time goes on it's likely more receivers will be added to this list. Hopkins marks the second receiver to spend time with Proehl, and the first to be conducting an official workout. Keenan Allen has been working closely with the Panthers' WR coach throughout the pre-draft process, and will hold his pro day at Proehl's gym in Greensboro, NC.
Rounding out the group of top-four receivers are Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee, and Tavon Austin from West Virginia -- neither have been linked to Carolina at this time.
Opinions on Hopkins range from the teens, to being an early second-round pick. Of the top-rated receivers, he was the most productive in 2012, finishing with over 1,400 receiving yards, and 18 touchdowns.