2014 NFL Draft: Pro Day Snoop and Scoop

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It's that time of year again. Prospects are showing off at their respective pro days and I've been snooping around to find out whose been showing out in front of Carolina Panthers' scouting personnel. Here's the latest scoop on confirmed visits and other notable prospects they're eyeing.

Confirmed Future Visit In Charlotte

OT Billy Turner - T.A.P. February 25, 2014

CB Jason Verrett by Canadian Panther March 7, 2014

CB Jason Verrett T.A.P. Article September 24, 2013

ONM-Other Notable Metric. PFA-Preferred Free Agent

March 3

Minnesota Pro Day

-1 of 20 teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
DT Ra'Shede Hageman 6' 6" 310 5.02 32 2nd Round
FS Brock Vereen 6' 0" 199 4.47 25 7th Round
OLB Aaron Hill 6' 1" 231 4.64 21 PFA

If I had to pick which of these former Gophers is most likely to end up a Panther, Vereen would be the one. However, I wouldn't count out Hageman as a BPA option.

Mississippi Pro Day

-1 of 22 confirmed teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
WR Donte Moncrief 6' 3" 219 4.40 39.5" Vert 2nd Round
CB Charles Sawyer 5' 10" 175 4.56 37" Vert PFA
OT Pierce Burton 6' 5" 303 5.10 26 BP PFA

There's little doubt that the star attraction at this pro day was Moncrief, who I believe the Panthers will strongly consider at the end of the 2nd round should he still be available. But don't be surprised if he's already gone because he possesses the size and speed that every team covets. Look for the other two prospects to be potential UDFA targets after the draft is complete.

March 4

Alabama State Pro Day

-1 of 5 confirmed teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
RB Isaiah Crowell 5' 11" 224 4.57 38" Vert PFA

Crowell is another guy the Panthers could take a chance on should he go undrafted.

Auburn Pro Day

-All 32 teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
OLB/DE Dee Ford 6' 2" 244 4.53 29 BP 1st Round
OT Greg Robinson 6' 5" 332 4.92 9' 5" BJ 1st Round
RB Tre Mason 5' 9" 205 4.50 38.5 Vert 2nd Round
CB Chris Davis 5' 10" 202 4.54 40.5 Vert 5th Round
FB Jay Prosch 6' 1" 254 4.72 27 BP 5th Round

Robinson is a great fit, but will be long gone by the time pick 28 rolls around. Davis is an intriguing mid to late round prospect who the Panthers will be keeping an eye on as the draft plays out. Prosch is the best fullback in this draft and he would be a steal in the only round the Panthers should even consider selecting him, the 7th.

Buffalo Pro Day

-All 32 teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
OLB/DE Kalil Mack 6' 2" 251 *4.53 40" Vert 1st Round
WR Alex Neutz 6' 2" 210 *4.6 33" Vert PFA
CB Najja Johnson 5' 10" 202 *4.29 11 BP PFA
RB Branden Oliver 5' 7" 208 *4.60 26 BP PFA

Mack is too good to be on the Panthers' radar. I expect the remaining three to be potential UDFA targets.

Purdue Pro Day

-1 of 23 teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
CB Ricardo Allen 5' 9" 186 4.61 37" Vert 6th Round
DT Bruce Gaston 6' 2" 308 *4.95 34 BP 7th Round
OT Kevin Pamphile 6' 5" 310 *4.94 34.5" Arms PFA

All three of these prospects have late round/UDFA potential for the Panthers.

March 5

Arkansas Pro Day

-All 32 teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
C Travis Swanson 6' 5" 312 5.28 20 BP 4th Round
OLB/DE Chris Smith 6' 1" 266 4.71 37" Vert 5th Round

Both of these prospects would be intriguing late round selections.

Mississippi State Pro Day

-1 of 30 teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
OG Gabe Jackson 6' 3" 336 5.34 30 BP 2nd Round
RB LaDarius Perkins 5' 7" 195 *4.46 23 BP PFA
FS Nickoe Whitley 5' 11" 205 Inj Inj PFA
OT Charles Siddoway 6' 6" 300 *4.95 34 BP PFA
DE Denico Autry 6' 4" 265 *4.98 30" Vert PFA

Jackson is the hog mollie of hog mollies, which in and of itself has to be tantalizing from Gettleman's perspective. Because of this obsession, no one should have trouble envisioning him in a Panthers uniform in 2014.

New Mexico State

-1 of 12 teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
WR Austin Frankln 6' 0" 189 4.56 39" Vert 7th Round

The Panthers are going all in on this bumper crop class of wide receivers and I expect Franklin to be an option in the 7th round only if they choose not to take two of them earlier in the draft.

Texas A&M Pro Day

-All 32 teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
WR Mike Evans 6' 5" 231 4.53 37" Vert 1st Round
OLB Nate Askew 6' 3" 241 *4.45 38" Vert PFA

Hoping Evans is still available at 28 is a futile exercise of faith at this point. Askew would be interesting because he's fairly new to the linebacker position after converting from wide receiver late in his career at A&M.

March 6

Clemson Pro Day

-31 teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
OG Brandon Thomas 6' 3" 317 5.09 35 BP 3rd Round
WR Martavis Bryant 6' 5" 231 4.42 39" Vert 5th Round
QB Tajh Boyd 6' 1" 222 4.84 30.5 Vert 5th Round

The Panthers have already taken a special interest in Thomas, who will be a definite consideration should he still be available in the 3rd round. Bryant and Boyd could be late round targets as well.

Nebraska Pro Day

-1 of 23 teams in attendance

Prospect Height Weight Forty ONM Draft Projection
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste 6' 3" 218 *4.46 41.5" Vert 3rd Round
OG Spencer Long 6' 5" 320 Inj Inj 7th Round
QB/WR/S Taylor Martinez 6' 0" 210 *4.45 39" Vert PFA

Don't be surprised if Jean-Baptiste is targeted in the 3rd round because of his size, athleticism, and potential.

Now it's your turn CSR. Which of these prospects do you have your eye on?

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