2013 NFL Draft: Panthers Pre-Draft Visit Tracker


Now that the NFL pre-draft visiting period has ended, let's take a quick look at who the Panthers were enamored enough to bring in for a private workout.

If you are unfamiliar with the rules of the NFL's pre-draft visit system, then let me briefly explain. Each team is allowed to bring up to 30 prospects into their city and stadium for a private workout.

Surprisingly, I was able to identify 26 of these 30 visits from a plethora of media outlets.

One thing that became immediately apparent was the fact that the Panthers are intent on acquiring at least one additional weapon for Cam. In fact, eight of the thirty(aproximately 27%) visits were spent on either a tight end(2) or a wide receiver(6).

On a side note, many of you may question why Keenan Allen isn't on this list. The answer is simple. I found no indication that he has been to Charlotte. This makes sense because it wouldn't be wise to "waste" a visit on a guy who is approximately an hour and a half up the road in Greensboro working out with Ricky Proehl, the Panthers' wide receivers coach.

Another aspect that stood out for me was that not a single cornerback or linebacker is on this list. Of course, this doesn't mean that those positions have been completely erased from Gettleman's draft board. For all we know, the four remaining unknown visits could have been easily used on those very positions, but I wouldn't count on it.

The final thing that stood out to me was the fact that the Panthers are determined to find a high impact interior defensive lineman. Indeed, six of the thirty(20%) visits were spent on defensive tackles. It should come as no surprise to Panther fans that Gettleman astutely ascertained from his initial evaluations that he would need to restore the defensive interior as soon as possible.

When you crunch the numbers, nearly half of our visits were devoted to giving Cam some more play-makers on offense and plugging the middle of our defense. This has to be good news if you are a diehard Panther fan with any understanding of what this team desperately needs. Of course, Gettleman still has to make some tough calls on draft weekend, and we can only hope his selections will be the beginning of something special here in Carolina.

Let's have some fun with those four remaining unknown pre-draft visits, shall we? Give us the 4 prospects that you hope the Panthers didn't overlook during this process.

**UPDATE** The Panthers only brought in 28 prospects according to our GM, Dave Gettleman, who revealed this interesting piece of information at Noon today. There are only 2 mystery men now. Who do you think they are?

Pre-Draft Visitors
1 OT Lane Johnson
2 OT Chris Faulk
3 OT/OG D.J. Fluker
4 OG Larry Warford
5 WR DeAndre Hopkins
6 WR Stedman Bailey
7 WR Tyrone Goard
8 WR Markus Wheaton
9 WR Tavon Austin
10 WR Quinton Patton
11 TE Gavin Escobar
12 TE/FB Kyle Juszczyk
13 DT Sharrif Floyd
14 DT Sylvester Williams
15 DT Kawann Short
16 DT Akeem Spence
17 DT Brandon Williams
18 DT Bennie Logan
19 FS Kenny Vacarro
20 SS Zeke Motta
21 SS Jonathan Cyprien
22 SS Matt Elam
23 DE Ezekiel Ansah
24 DE David Bass
25 DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo
26 DE/DT Datone Jones
27 ?
28 ?
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