2013 NFL mock draft: Carolina Panthers one month out

Ezra Shaw

What will the Panthers do with just under a month until the 2013 NFL draft?

This is my second-to-last mock draft of 2013. As usual the process lasts too long, and at this point I'm sure many have grown weary of the countless possibilities for the 14 and 44 picks. Sticking to my belief the Panthers will take a combination or WR and DT, here are my picks.

1st round (14th overall): Keenan Allen, WR -- California

It seems that each year wide receivers fall into one of two camps: There are the players who consistently remained at the top of the board all year, and the guys who get late hype. It may be risky pegging Allen here before his April 9th pro day, but he was consistently the top-rated receiver this year, and fell off the map solely because of injury. Like A.J. Green and Justin Blackmon before him, there are plenty of questions whether other players have more upside -- but in the end it's moot. I think he'll be Carolina's pick, and the first receiver off the board.

2nd round (44th overall): Kawann Short, DT -- Purdue

Many mocks drafts have Short falling to a playoff team in the back-end of the first round. For this to happen would mean at least four defensive tackles were selected before him. This is a deep draft at the position, and I'm not convinced five teams in the first round will all takes tackles -- which pushes Short to Carolina. He may not be much of a penetrating pass rusher, but he's an effort rusher who also displays fantastic ability to stop the run. Sit him for a year behind Dwan Edwards, and he'll have the time to develop some of his skills.

4th round (108th overall): Alvin Bailey, OG -- Arkansas

While Bailey may be unrefined technically, his power is unmistakable. He's not a perfect prospect, and there's some work to be done -- however Bailey has the natural talent to become a long-term right guard, provided the coaching staff can teach him.

5th round (148th overall): Brennan Williams, OT -- North Carolina

This is an incredibly difficult player to project. With the exception of Terron Armstead, perhaps no offensive tackle has more upside that Williams. However, this is due to the fact that he's very flawed technically right now. If Williams is given a season to sit and learn (also recover from his torn labrum) then the Panthers could have a future right tackle waiting in the wings.

6th round (182nd overall): Sanders Commings, CB -- Georgia

Hit with the classic 'tweener' moniker, it will be on Commings to show he can do it. I believe his future is at strong safety, despite entering the draft at the CB position. He's a physical player, who struggled in coverage -- and to this end he could be a depth SS with some upside.

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