Dave Gettleman looking at Needs in Visits


Dave Gettleman may be more predictable than we hitherto thought. Frank Cooney over at NFL Draft Scout.com reports that the Carolina Panthers visited with thirty-three players during the predraft period. Nineteen of the thirty-three players that the Panthers visited could be considered a position of need, offensive linemen, wide receivers, and defensive backs.

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The cast of characters that the Panthers visited were not limited to round either. Consider the wide receivers that the Panthers talked to.

The Panthers had personal visits with Ty Montgomery of Stanford, DeVante Parker of Louisville, and Breshad Perriman of UCF. Parker and Perriman carry first round grades, so the lack of an actual workout suggests the Panthers are not too optimistic about them.

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  • The guys that the Panthers did work out were Jamison Crowder of Duke, Justin Hardy of ECU, and Nelson Agholor of Southern California. These are second round guys, suggesting that wide receiver might be targeted with that second round pick.

    The Panthers also talked to a number of tackles. They talked to Lawrence Gibson of Virginia Tech and DJ Humphries of Florida. They worked out Darryl Baldwin of Ohio State, Ereck Flowers of Miami, Chaz Green of Florida, and Jeremiah Poutasi of Utah.

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    Of these guys, Flowers is the only first round grade guy that the Panthers worked out. The others would be later considerations in the draft. That would seem to put Flowers as the main target. If he is not there, Humphries is an option. In fact CBS Sports seems enamored with Humphries going to the Panthers.

    Of the defensive backs, only Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest and Landon Collins of Alabama had first round grades. This suggests that the Panthers may target Ronald Darby of Florida State, Quinten Rollins of Miami (Ohio), or Trae Waynes of Michigan State in later rounds.

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  • Outside those positions there aren’t too many surprises. The Panthers talked to seven defensive linemen of various types, which should not surprise anyone familiar with Gettleman’s origins. The Panthers worked out Melvin Gordon, but only visited with Todd Gurley.

    So it would seem that the Panthers are going to double down on their needs in the draft, and used their visits to look beyond the first round selection. The Draft is a week away with Round 1.