Earlier this morning, SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn released a mock draft, and he's given the Panthers a player who would come in and be an immediate upgrade on the defensive line.
You can read the entire article here, but for our sake here's the player he has mocked to Carolina:
14. Carolina Panthers
Sharrif Floyd, Florida DT 6'3 297 Jr. - The Panthers will be hoping that one of the top three defensive tackles fall to them in the first round. Sharrif Floyd is our No. 3 defensive tackle and he slips to this pick in this version of the mock draft. The Panthers need talent on the interior of the defensive line. Floyd would be a good place to start.
Fairburn also wrote a fair scouting report on Floyd, and his conclusion of the DT from Florida is below:
Sharrif Floyd is an incomplete prospect with a ton of room to grow. He's the type of prospect that could rise throughout the pre-draft process. Floyd's performance is more impressive considering his flaws in technique. Floyd is only going to continue to improve. He makes the most sense as a disruptive 5-technique playing in a 3-4 defense. Players with his type of quickness make life easier for the rest of the defense.
If Floyd were to fall to #14 overall he would be a great fit for the Panthers. Ron Rivera has said on numerous occasions that he likes and wants players who are versatile and can play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 formation, and Floyd fits this bill because of his size and speed. His technique is still a little raw, but technique is something that can easily be coached, whereas his athletic prowess is something that cannot.
The opportunity to draft Floyd had once been nothing more than a pipe dream, but with Sheldon Richardson's stock rising and teams being less concerned about Star Lotulelei's alleged heart condition it is possible that he drops to #14 overall and I imagine that the Panthers would rush to the podium if he were to make it that far down the draft board.
He is graded as a top three defensive tackle in this draft class, and with GM Dave Gettleman only offering Dwan Edwards a one year contract extension it appears that drafting a DT will be the route the Panthers take to filling their gaping hole in the middle of the defensive line.
What do you think Panthers fans? Do you think Floyd will make it to #14 overall? If he does, do you want the Panthers to pull the trigger? Sound off and let us know what you think!