2014 NFL draft: Nate Askew meets with Panthers

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

A converted wide receiver is garnering interest from the Panthers

There aren't many positions you could claim the Panthers are set at, but linebacker is one of them. While the team wont invest an early pick in someone to eventually take over the outside spot, they are looking at intriguing late-round/UDFA Nate Askew.

The Texas A&M linebacker has met with several teams including the Panthers, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. It's interesting to see a player meet with so many teams when there's only a slight chance he'll be selected, but Askew is no normal outside linebacker.

Simply put: He's an athletic freak. Askew shined in athletic tests during the pre-draft process, showing his 241 pound frame had not problems running and jumping at levels akin to some wide receivers. There's good reason behind this, he used to be one.

Askew only has one year as a linebacker after converting from being a wide receiver. He's an unfinished project who might never truly grow into being an NFL caliber linebacker, but his potential on special teams is intriguing. This is likely where the Panthers have interest with their coverage team taking a big hit with the loss of several valuable coverage players in Jordan Senn, Captain Munnerlyn and Mike Mitchell.

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