The Panthers had serious problems stopping the run last year and used their first two picks to sure up the interior defensive line. Star Lotulelei was at one time considered a prospect for the No. 1 overall pick, but slipped due to a health scare related to a heart condition. Kawann Short, the team’s second selection, also has the potential to make an impact and should compete for a starting role immediately. The other name that will catch some eyes from this draft class is Kenjon Barner, RB out of Oregon. Barner ran all over the Pac-12 last season, but the question remains: how will he fit into an already crowded backfield in Carolina?
Barner is an interesting prospect–his skill set from running the read option spread in Oregon would fit very well with QB Cam Newton–but there are already way too many mouths to feed in this backfield. Barner could be worth stashing in dynasty leagues with the hope that he is able to find work in a year or two when the other backs have moved on.
The defense has to be better against the run with the additions up front. Lotulelei and Short will help to eat up blockers to allow Luke Kuechley and Co. to roam freely. However, Carolina did absolutely nothing to improve their secondary, which could prove troublesome when having to face both the Saints and Falcons each twice a year.
|4||108||Edmund Kugbila||G||Valdosta State|
|5||148||A.J. Klein||LB||Iowa State|