Carolina Panthers scouting department remains intact, for now

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New general managers typically start fresh with a new scouting department, but thus far Gettleman has kept everything intact.

The weeks following the NFL draft are where you typically see turnover in scouting departments, especially with new general managers. They look to hire their own people, but stop short of shaking up scouting pre-draft. The only thing more dangerous than bad scouting is a department in flux -- hence why teams wait. Organizations with new GMs have begun the process, but thus far Dave Gettleman is keeping the status quo.

Carolina are one of sevens teams with new GMs this year. Of these teams, only the Panthers have not made significant moves in their departments. The Browns, Jaguars, Chargers, and Chiefs have new directors of college scouting, the Jets department is shaky after losing several scouts, while the Arizona Cardinals are an outlier, after promoting former director Steve Keim to GM.

A measured approach is probably the best one. After all, Gettleman needs to decide the future of Don Gregory who has struggled in the mid-rounds of the draft, but it's a hard sell to fire him following back-to-back drafts that landed two rookie of the year players in Charlotte.

The issue with Gregory has been those mid-rounds. Disastrous decisions landed sub-par talent in Carolina, and outside of Greg Hardy you'll be hard pressed to find players that are mid-late round 'hits' on the roster. With Gettleman playing scout too, it's easy to see a situation where he retains the scouting staff, using his knowledge to support them -- but there are likely people from the Giants' organization he'd like to add too.

Perhaps we'll hear something soon about the college scouting department, but given how Gettleman talked about the collaborative process throughout the draft, and how good everyone worked together, it might be a little surprising to see Gregory and his staff go.

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