Who will the Carolina Panthers take in the first round of May’s NFL draft?
Wouldn’t they like to know? Visits with draft prospects will be complete in the coming weeks, and scouts will meet with the coaches and general manager Dave Gettleman at the end of the month to formulate their big board of players. From there, it depends on what happens with the 27 picks in front of them, but Carolina hopes to have a good idea what will happen before the first round on May 8.
Some common questions as the Panthers head toward the draft:
There are also strong receivers in the second round when the Panthers draft at No. 60, including Penn State’s Allen Robinson, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews and Colorado’s Paul Richardson. Robinson hauled in 97 passes as a senior and has a 39-inch vertical. Matthews is one of the smartest receivers in the draft and has big hands (10 3/8 inches) to secure the ball. Richardson could fall to the third round because of the depth of talent at the position, but he rebounded well from an ACL tear in 2012 to catch 10 touchdowns last season.