Pre-draft starting lineup: Panthers

Largely due to salary-cap limitations, the Carolina Panthers haven’t made huge changes this offseason. They’ll have a starting lineup similar to what they opened last season with. But the good news is they’ll be getting multiple players back that missed all or much of last season with injuries. Here’s how I see Carolina’s starting lineup headed into the draft.


WR Steve Smith

LT Jordan Gross

LG Amini Silatolu

C Ryan Kalil

RG Geoff Hangartner

RT Byron Bell

TE Greg Olsen

WR Brandon LaFell

QB Cam Newton

RB DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart

FB Mike Tolbert


DE Charles Johnson

DT Dwan Edwards

DT Sione Fua

DE Greg Hardy

OLB Jon Beason

MLB Luke Kuechly

OLB Thomas Davis

CB Drayton Florence or Josh Norman

CB D.J. Moore or Josh Thomas

FS Charles Godfrey

SS Mike Mitchell or Haruki Nakamura

Notes: Carolina needs to come out of this draft with at least two instant starters, probably in the secondary or at defensive tackle. Not a single job in the secondary is completely safe. The Panthers could look to upgrade from Bell in the draft.