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Friday, April 12, 2013
Carolina draft needs by the numbers

By Pat Yasinskas

ESPN Stats & Information is listing Carolina’s draft needs as defensive tackle, safety and offensive tackle, and offering up some numbers to explain each of those needs.

On defensive tackle, the Panthers recorded just nine tackles for loss from defensive linemen last season. Only Dallas (seven) had fewer tackles for loss from the defensive line.

On safety, the Panthers allowed opponents to complete 47.2 percent of their passes of more than 20 yards downfield last season. That was the worst figure in the NFL.

On offensive tackle, quarterback Cam Newton was sacked or put under duress on 26.7 percent of his dropbacks last season, the fifth-highest rate in the NFL.