It’s not a good year for the skill positions and that is okay" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesCat Scratch Reader homepageHorizontal - WhiteCat Scratch Readera Carolina Panthers communityFollow Cat Scratch Reader online:Follow Cat Scratch Reader on TwitterFollow Cat Scratch Reader on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchCat Scratch Reader main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsAboutPanthersOddsShopStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 Training CampCSR Film RoomThe 2019 NFL draft talent aligns nicely with the Panthers needsNew https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/Daryl-Williams-Jersey
,14commentsIt’s not a good year for the skill positions and that is okayESTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:The 2019 NFL draft talent aligns nicely with the Panthers needsTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty ImagesIt’s not a good year for the skill positions. Thankfully the Panthers don’t have any immediate needs in those areas outside of a third wide receiver. Instead the Panthers immediate top needs are offensive tackle and defensive end. That aligns well with a first round loaded with defensive linemen at the top. My preference is a left tackle to protect Cam Newton’s blind side. Two other positions of immediate need for the Panthers are safety and linebacker. I would then round out the top six needs as center and guard. 1st round The talent at the top of the first round is unusually heavy in defensive lineman. In fact it is a banner year for defensive tackles and edge rushers. There are an estimated ten defensive linemen that could be drafted in the top twenty picks, if not more. It is very likely an edge rusher in particular could be there for the taking at number sixteen. That will be hard for the Panthers to turn down. If a pass rusher isn’t the pick then there are several talented players who could play left tackle that should be available.The middle roundsMore good news https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/Donte-Jackson-Jersey
, the second and third rounds are loaded with quality offensive linemen and safeties. I’ve seen several different mock drafts with the Panthers selecting a safety in the second round. While the draft is light at the top in safety talent there is upwards of eight safeties with second to fourth round grades.If the Panthers neglect to draft a tackle early they should still be able to find one in the middle rounds. I count fifteen tackles with third round to fifth round grades. Other options include half a dozen centers and upwards of ten guards that should be value picks between rounds three and five. If the Panthers decide to draft a center they should do so in the 3rd round at the latest as this draft is light in depth at the position. Guards on the other hand could be one of the most heavily drafted positions in this draft.The X factorGuessing exactly what the Panthers might do is complicated by the announcement the Panthers will incorporate a lot more 3-4 looks on defense. The Panthers’ current personnel don’t exactly fit a 3-4 defense at a couple positions. Those needs could be filled in this draft. We know they need a linebacker to replace Thomas Davis but they may look for another middle linebacker to play along Luke Kuechly in 3-4 alignments. They might also look for an under tackle flexible enough to play end in a 3-4. It’s hard any year to predict what the Panthers will do in the draft. This year will be no exception. The good news is they have a really good chance of filling several of their most glaring needs. The Panthers are adding some more depth to their secondary by picking up a division rival’s former cornerback." Carolina Panthers free agency 2019The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent cornerback Javien Elliott to a 1-year deal and waived guard Brendan MahonNew,38commentsThe Panthers are adding some more depth to their secondary by picking up a division rival’s former cornerback.EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent cornerback Javien Elliott to a 1-year deal and waived guard Brendan MahonTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailUpdate 2: The Panthers have waived guard Brendan Mahon to make room for Elliott on the 90-man roster.Update: The Panthers have officially signed Elliott to a one-year deal.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="sqQkkA">The Carolina Panthers are expected to sign cornerback Javien Elliott Greg Olsen Jersey
, according to a report from NFL insider Mike Garafolo.Elliott was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2016 NFL Draft and was stashed on their practice squad during the 2016 season. In 2017 and 2018, he appeared in 30 games for the Bucs and tallied 38 tackles and one interception (against the Panthers Fozzy Whittaker Color Rush Jersey
, of course).Before you say it — he’s not a safety, but the Panthers could have plans to move him to free safety. They could also have plans to move a different cornerback to free safety. They could also be doubling down on making you like the fact that Rashaan Gaulden and Colin Jones are the two free safeties on the roster. We don’t know yet Rashaan Gaulden Jersey
, so let’s hold off on the outrage until more details are available, shall we?This move will require the Panthers to release/waive someone since the roster is already at the league mandated 90 player maximum Thomas Davis Color Rush Jersey
, so once we have news on the corresponding move we’ll be sure to provide that information.There are no reports on the terms of the contract, but once we have those details we’ll pass them along to you because we’re well aware that how much money the team spends is of the utmost importance. Stay tuned for updates.