- David Newton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Now it is Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries.
Notice a trend?
Kiper, based on his three mock drafts, is convinced the Panthers will select a tackle. That definitely is the team’s top need after deciding not to re-sign free agent Byron Bell, who started at left tackle last season.
Much depends on what happens in free agency. If the Panthers sign a player who could fill Bell’s void, they might opt for a wide receiver or possibly defensive tackle at No. 25. The problem is there aren’t a lot of strong tackle candidates in free agency.
Carolina might go ahead and draft an offensive tackle regardless of what happens in free agency if the right one is there. Finding a player that can protect quarterback Cam Newton is important.
Kiper likes Humphries because he faced many of the country’s best pass-rushers in the SEC.