Analyzing the Panthers Roster before Training Camp Edition

Ranking the Panther Roster - Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

As I was looking through other SBN websites, I ran across a great article on Blogging the Boys that assesses where the Cowboys roster is at the moment. This gave me a great idea to do the same for the Panthers, and I took the 88 man roster from This is all in my subjective view, and I actually found it very difficult to do rank some of the players on the team.

So here we go.

Players 1-10

Cam Newton, QB

Charles Johnson, DE

Luke Kuechly, MLB

Steve Smith, WR

Greg Hardy (editorial addition)

Ryan Kalil, C

Jordan Gross, LT

Greg Olsen, TE

Thomas Davis, LB

Deangelo Williams, RB

Comments for Players 1-10

This group is pretty much the core of the team. Newton, Smith, Kalil, Gross, and Williams have been to the Pro-Bowl while the other players offer Pro Bowl potential or have been snubbed by the Pro-Bowl(i.e Kuechly and Charles Johnson).

Except for Greg Hardy, most of these players were drafted between the first and third rounds, and Hurney stole Olsen for only a third rounder.

It's a nice group of young talent, and veterans, but the need to find a left tackle and a number one wide receiver will be very important in the next draft.

Players 11-20

Jon Beason, LB

Jonathan Stewart, RB

Star Lotulelei, DT

Charles Godfrey, S

Brandon LaFell, WR

Dwan Edwards, DT

Amini Silatolu, OG

Mike Tolbert, FB

Captain Munnerlyn, CB

Domenik Hixon, WR

Comments for Players 11-20

11-20 offers a nice blend of veterans and youth.

I might have ranked Star pretty high since he is just a rookie, but his impact on the defense as a whole will be felt.

The only problem is 5 of these guys will be free agents next year so that could really hurt the depth of the team. If these guys can stay healthy, it could really have a great impact on the team. I believe that Silatolu and La Fell will make the necessary steps to go higher on the list next year.

After 11-20, it became very difficult to give rankings to players and what they meant to the team as a whole.

Players 21-30

Drayton Florence, CB

Geoff Hangartner, G

Byron Bell, T

Kawann Short, DT

Frank Alexander, DE

Ted Ginn, WR

Derek Anderson, QB

DJ Moore, CB

DJ Campbell, S

Jon Jansen, LS

Comments for Players 21-30

As I stated earlier for players 11-20, the majority of these players will be free agents next year, but do offer solid depth in key positions for this year.

It was hard to rank the CB's because they are so similiar to each other.

If Alexander and Campbell continue to improve, this could a long way to help solidify the DE and S positions in the future.

I don't have much faith in Byron Bell as a starting T in the NFL.

Players 31-40

Mike Mitchell, S

Chase Blackburn, LB

James Dockery, CB

Jordan Senn, LB

Joe Adams, WR

Jeff Byers, C

Edmund Kugbila, G

Mario Addison, DE

Pilares, WR

Ben Hartsock, TE

Comments for Players 31-40

This represents the core of the special teams, and hopefully, Mike Mitchell and Dockery crack the starting lineup and get some valuable playing time.

Players 41-50

AJ Klein, LB

Haruki Nakamura, S

Josh Norman, CB

Colin Cole, DT

Jason Williams, LB

David Gettis, WR

Kenjon Barner, RB

Bruce Campbell, LT

Graham Gano, K

Comments for Players 41-50

Most of these guys will fight for some roster spots, and drafted guys such as Klein and Barner will be improvements in special teams and their positions.

Players 51-60

Colin Jones, S

Gary Williams, T

Armanti Edwards, WR

Brad Nortman, P

Sione Fua, DT

Frank Kearse, DT

Jimmy Clausen, QB

Doug Hogue, LB

Thomas Austin, C

Armond Smith, RB

Comments for Players 51-60

This is where it got real tough to evaluate some of these players. Williams, Edwards, and Fua offer valuable experience, but yet, they could be pushed for roster spots by rookies or free agents.

The final DT spot could be interesting because Rivera had said good things about Fua in interviews. Williams and Jones might make the team due to the lack of depth at S and OT.

Players 61-70

Richie Brockel, TE

Tauren Poole, RB

Lamont Bryant, WR

Melvin White, CB

Robert Lester, S

Nelson Rosario, TE

Linden Gaydosh, DT

Nate Chandler, OT

Colby Cameron, QB

Justin Wells, G

Comments for Players 61-70

Many of these guys are trying to fight for a roster spot, and would not be surprised if a lot of these guys end up on the practice squad.

Melvin White, and Lester have the best opportunity to make the team. If Bryant and Rosario can continue to develop, this will go a long way to fill our needs at WR and #2 TE.

The rest of the players

Ben Jacobs, LB

Brian Folkerto, C

Nick Hixson, CB

Wes Horton, DE

Patrick Brown, T

Taulib Ikhaco, WR

Craig Roh, DE

Anderon Russell, S

Hayworth Hicks, G

Tori Mobley, G

Brenton Bersin, WR

Louis Nzegwu, DE

Morgan Lineberry, K

Jordan Gay, P

Casey Walker, DT

Ryan Rau, LB

Mike Zordich, FB

Brandon Williams, TE

James Shaw, WR

RJ Webb, WR

Comments for rest of the players

Mostly camp bodies.

Here are few of my observations:

1). The front seven on the defense is absolutely stacked. Gettleman deserves credit to improve the depth of the defensive line, and shore up the linebacking corp as he decides what he will do with Jon Beason and Thomas Davis in the future.

2). The depth at safety has been improved greatly with the additions of Mike Mitchell and Robert Lester, as both players will have an opportunity to get some playing time.

3). Our special teams should be improved with the addition of Ted Ginn, Mitchell, and Hixon. Improved development from Colin Jones will be a plus.

4). The depth along the offensive lines is very shaky, and should continue to be a priority after training camp cuts and the 2014 draft.

5). WR depth is solid across the board, but many of these guys are playing for contracts next year.

6). The focus of next year's draft has to be WR, and OL.

I like what Gettleman is doing and it will be a process to get this team competitive again across the board, but the future is looking good for the Panthers.

I would appreciate any feedback if possible.

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