- David Newton, ESPN Staff Writer
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The NFL draft all but completed the 2014 depth chart for the Carolina Panthers barring any surprises from undrafted free agents they sign.
Here's a look at it now and how the rookies (all caps) fit in:
Projected starter: Cam Newton
Comment: Biggest concern is getting Newton back from ankle surgery so he can work with his new receivers.
Projected starter: DeAngelo Williams
Comment: Gaffney was an interesting choice in the sixth round as crowded as the backfield is. It will be even more interesting to see how Carolina gets him on the field. Maybe on special teams.
Projected starter: Mike Tolbert
Comment: A 6-foot, 226 pounds, there's a chance the Panthers could work Gaffney in here a bit. He's a versatile athlete, having given up a pro baseball career to play football.
Projected starters: KELVIN BENJAMIN and Jerricho Cotchery
Comment: Benjamin has to produce right away. I easily could see Avant being the No. 2 receiver and it won't surprise if the third comes out of King, McNutt and one of the other young receivers that were on the roster.
Projected starter: Greg Olsen
Comment: This position is as strong as any on the team.
Projected starter: Ryan Kalil
Backups: TRAI TURNER, Brian Folkerts
Comment: This position is solid with a perennial Pro Bowl selection in Kalil. The team likely will teach third-round pick Turner how to play center as well as right guard, his primary position.
Comment: No way to say one player has this job, although Bell will go in as the heir apparent to retired Jordan Gross. I'm still surprised this position wasn't addressed in the draft, but the Panthers felt after the first four tackles were selected the players on their roster were a better value than anybody they could pick.
Projected starter: Amini Silatolu
Comment: This position should be in good shape if Silatolu is fully recovered from a torn ACL suffered last season.
Projected starter: TRAI TURNER or Chris Scott
Comment: It may be too early to pencil in third-round pick Turner as the starter here, but at 6-2 1/2 and 310 pounds and what the coaches call a "nasty'' attitude, it's hard not to.
Projected starter: Garry Williams or Nate Chandler
Backups: Williams or Chandler
Comment: Williams has started 13 games at right tackle, so he'll begin as the starter. The loser of the left tackle job between Bell and Chandler also could figure in as a starter, particularly Bell who was the regular here a year ago.
Projected starter: Charles Johnson
Comment: The second-round pick Ealy can be eased into the lineup as a pass-rush specialist and give Johnson a break. The nice thing about the rookie from Missouri is he can play either end and move inside to tackle. *Suspended first four games
Projected starter: Greg Hardy
Backups: Mario Addison, KONY EALY, Frank Alexander *, Wes Horton, Craig Roh, Alex Hall
Comment: When Carolina moves Hardy inside as it did at times last season, Ealy can step right into the end spot. *Suspended first four games
Projected starter: Star Lotulelei
Comment: Don't be surprised to see second-year player Lotulelei get Pro Bowl consideration this year.
Projected starter: Dwan Edwards
Backups: Colin Cole, Linden Gaydosh
Comment: This position is solid. Any of the top four tackles can play either spot and rotate in.
Projected starter: Luke Kuechly
Comments: I really thought Carolina might look for depth here, but the reigning NFC Defensive Player of the Year (Kuechly) never comes off the field so that player would have been relegated to special teams anyway.
Projected starter: Thomas Davis
Comments: Klein is a budding star just waiting for his opportunity.
Projected starter: Chase Blackburn
Backup: A.J. Klein
Comment: See above comment.
Projected starter: Antoine Cason
Comment: The Panthers are hoping Cason returns to the form he showed a few years ago in San Diego, where he once played for Carolina coach Ron Rivera. It would be a reach to think fifth-round pick Benwikere will figure in as a starter, but he will be given a shot to play nickelback.
Projected starter: Charles Johnson
Comment: I know White started much of last season here, but the Panthers are going to give Godfrey a chance to move from safety to cornerback and it's my guess they did it with the hope that he'll start on one side.
Projected starter: Roman Harper
Backups: Robert Lester, Russell Anderson
Comment: The veteran Harper gives Lester, who started a handful of games last year here, a chance to grow into the position.