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Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman entered the NFL draft needing a wide receiver, left tackle, cornerback and an IT guy to accompany him to Worcester, Mass. Three out of four isn’t bad.

The NFL Draft crew recaps the 2014 NFL Draft for the Carolina Panthers.

2014 Carolina Panthers' draft: Sure, it'll be years before we really know how the 2014 NFL draft worked out for the Panthers, but take your best guess now.

What the Carolina Panthers have lost in the offseason (Jordan Gross, Steve Smith, Captain Munnerlyn, Ted Ginn and Mike Mitchell) still outweighs what they have gained.

Carolina Panthers 2014 NFL draft recap: As much as he likes big guys, Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman didn’t like the second-tier of offensive tackles enough to find Jordan Gross’ possible successor in the draft.

The NFL draft is over. Here’s what the Carolina Panthers’ two-deep might look like headed into the minicamps.

Tre Boston faced his fair share of struggles as a defensive back at North Carolina, but Saturday he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the NFL draft.

A quick look at North Carolina safety Tre Boston, selected in the fourth round by the Carolina Panthers.

2014 NFL draft: Bene Benwikere offers a ballhawk in the Carolina Panthers’ defensive backfield after nabbing 12 interceptions in his final two seasons at San Jose State.

2014 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers’ sixth-round pick Tyler Gaffney won’t threaten DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart for a starting job, but the running back from Stanford could be a valuable backup.

Three Charlotte players were drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft – Ross Cockrell, Walt Aikens Jr., and Prince Shembo

The Carolina Panthers drafted six of the 256 draftees this weekend. Carolina will bring in nearly two dozen undrafted free agents that the team will sign or bring in for a rookie minicamp tryout.

Triangle defensive backs a hot commodity on last day of the NFL draft.

2014 NFL draft: Follow the third day's picks with the Charlotte Observer's Carolina Panthers beat reporters Jonathan Jones and Joe Person as well as columnists Tom Sorensen and Scott Fowler.

2014 NFL draft: Kelvin Benjamin, the Carolina Panthers’ first-round pick, is eager to get to work.

NFL draft: Carolina Panthers take Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy in the second round of the NFL draft over more obvious positional needs.

The Carolina Panthers took their first step in protecting franchise quarterback Cam Newton by selecting LSU offensive guard Trai Turner in the third round of Friday night’s NFL draft.

Carolina Panthers GM Dave Gettleman particularly likes to supersize his offensive and defensive lines, given the opportunity. He proved it again Friday night, choosing a defensive end and an offensive guard in the second and third rounds, respectively.

Kony Ealy, the Carolina Panthers’ 2nd-round draft pick: If Ealy improves, and if Greg Hardy doesn’t sign a long-term extension or Charles Johnson digresses, Ealy could be more than a reserve sooner rather than later.

Trai Turner, the Carolina Panthers’ third-round NFL draft pick: With left guard Travelle Wharton a free agent leaning toward retirement, Turner will have a chance to play immediately for the Panthers, especially if right guard Nate Chandler slides to tackle.

Players in the Observer’s Top 100 NFL draft prospects list who are still available after the third round.

UNC tight end Eric Ebron asked his girlfriend to marry him in a proposal filmed atop the Empire State Building. Later in his trip to New York, he was selected by the Detroit Lions.

2014 NFL draft: Follow the second day's picks with the Charlotte Observer's Carolina Panthers beat reporters Jonathan Jones and Joe Person as well as columnists Tom Sorensen and Scott Fowler.

Instant analysis and reaction as the Carolina Panthers select Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin at No. 28 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.

2014 NFL draft: The Panthers wrapped up an eventful offseason for their receiving corps Thursday when they chose former Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin with the 28th overall pick in the NFL draft.

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