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Observer’s NFL draft database includes 12 players with first-round grades at Panthers’ positions of need

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Wally Skalij - MCT
Southern Cal’s Marquise Lee (9) is one of five wide receivers to receive first-round grades in the Observer’s NFL draft database for 2014. Wide receiver is a position of need for the Carolina Panthers.

Five wide receivers, four offensive tackles and three cornerbacks received first-round grades in an Observer database covering more than 350 NFL draft hopefuls leading up to May’s NFL draft.

Those are the top three needs for the Carolina Panthers to address in the draft, which is May 8-10, and the team could select from that group at No. 28 pick.

The database includes height, weight, hand and arm lengths, 40 times, bench presses and more from the combine as well as statistics and notes on just about any player who could be drafted this year. Along with the sortable database, we’ve included the top three needs for all 32 teams more than a month after free agency started.

The first round of the draft is May 8. Second and third rounds are May 9, and rounds four through seven are May 10.

Thirty-two players were given first-round grades, and 32 more were given second-round grades. The rest are broken down as third round, fourth or fifth, sixth or seventh, and seventh or undrafted.

Even if a player received a first-round grade, that does not mean that player will go in the first round, of course. For example, if a team needs a quarterback late in the first round but the top three – Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles – are gone, they could reach for Derek Carr, who’s ranked as the fourth-best quarterback but has a second-round grade in the database.

NFL hopefuls are always rising and falling, especially this close to the draft. But our projected rounds likely won’t change much. The database will be updated each week with pertinent information regarding the prospects, including visits to teams and injury updates.

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