2014 NFL Draft: Brandon Thomas to Panthers in second round mock

Kevin C. Cox

SBNation.com took the board, looked over the selections and finalized a mock draft for the second round.

The Carolina Panthers have their receiver, one of them. It's entirely likely the team pulls a double-dip at the position much as it did with defensive tackles in 2013, but a new mock draft from SB Nation.com has the Panthers solidifying another vital need position.

This time it's offensive tackle Brandon Thomas of Clemson, who was a vital part of the Tigers' offense and critical in aiding Tahj Boyd. He's a polarizing player who some scouts believe is better suited to the guard position in the NFL, but has a good frame and long arms that make him capable of playing outside.

Here's the downside: A town ACL. It's unclear if Thomas can contribute this year at all, but the talent could be enough to forego the season and understand it's a move for the future.

Six weeks ago I asked a scout his opinion on Thomas and the answer was strong -- "He can play tackle and it wouldn't surprise me if he's the pick at No. 28." Obviously that didn't come to pass, but that potential alone makes him an intriguing option in the second round.

Footwork is where Thomas falters, but if that can be corrected it's wholly possible he has a chance to develop into a reliable left tackle. The SB Nation mock has four offensive tackles come off the board before Thomas with Cyrus Kouandjio and Morgan Moses representing the first two picks of the second round.

Getting an offensive tackle and wide receiver in the first two rounds would both fill huge needs, pulling away from the idea that Dave Gettleman will get his "blue goose" and ignore these deficiencies.

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