2007 Carolina Panthers Draft Preview
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Team Name: Carolina Panthers
Head Coach: John Fox
2006 NFL Record: (8-8) Missed Playoffs
2007 Draft Order: (14th Pick)
2006 First Round Draft Pick: DeAngelo Williams
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Position Needs for Carolina
Linebacker: Dan Morgan is one concussion away from becoming a tomato. Morgan says he wants to play in 07 but his history of concussions is a serous concern. His backup Chris Draft played well, but has moved on to St. Louis. Na'il Diggs was resigned but adding depth and a starter caliber player at this position is essential.
Tight End: The Panthers have not had a weapon at this position since the days of Wesley Walls in the 1990's. Adding an option that can stretch the field will take the pressure off of Keyshawn Johnson and Steve Smith.
Safety: The Panthers got next to nothing out of Shaun Williams and Mike Minter who isn't making many plays these days has announced this is his last season. They picked up Deke Cooper from the 49ers (yawn), so filling this void is a must via the draft.
Draft Outlook for the Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have done very well with their first round draft selections since 2002, but beyond the 1st round their picks have been marginal at best.
The first round selection will probably be tight end Greg Olsen from Miami since his stock has risen since the combine. We don't agree with this selection since just weeks ago Olsen was projected as a borderline first round selection. Although adding a tight end passing catching option is a great need for the Panthers, drafting TE in the second round and taking care of the pressing need at linebacker in the first so they are not having to rely on Dan Morgan seems to take precedence in our eyes.
If Carolina goes that route Lawrence Timmons from Florida State at 14 would be a solid selection for the outside moving another roster player into the inside position where they would have to fill in for Morgan anyway when he goes down.
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