Round 1, pick 25: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida – There aren’t a lot of true left tackles in this draft, but the former Mallard Creek star is one of them. Draft experts question whether Humphries (6-5, 307) can maintain the weight necessary to win the trench battles in the NFL. But turn on Humphries’ college tape and you’ll see a tackle with a rare mix of good feet in pass sets and power at the point of attack. Dave Gettleman was burned by not acquiring a tackle last year. Even with Michael Oher on board, the Panthers need a young tackle to build around.
Round 2, pick 57: Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU – Freakish athlete who wowed scouts at the combine by running the 40 in 4.57 seconds, fastest among defensive linemen. Hunter is raw; he had only 4.5 sacks in three seasons at LSU. But he used his long arms to break up six passes in 2013. He’s drawn comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul, whom the Giants drafted when Gettleman was in New York.
Round 3, pick 89: Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina – The NCAA’s all-time receptions leader has a private workout with the Panthers, who need a young slot receiver to pair with Kelvin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery and Ted Ginn Jr. Hardy (5-10, 192) doesn’t have great size or speed (4.56 in the 40). But he has good hands and has shown an ability to make defenders miss on crossing routes and underneath patterns.
Round 4, pick 110 (trade, from Minnesota): Javorius Allen, RB, Southern Cal – The Panthers give the Vikings their fourth- and fifth-round picks to move up and select Allen. Carolina has had bad luck with USC wideouts. But Allen is a tough, versatile back who can spell Jonathan Stewart.
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Round 5, pick 169 (compensatory): Josue Matias, G, Florida State – Dominican Republic produces more shortstops than offensive linemen, but Matias is a big-bodied hog mollie.
Round 5, pick 174 (compensatory): Tray Walker, CB, Texas Southern – Has the size (6-2, 187) that Ron Rivera looks for in his corners.
Round 6, pick 201: Kyshoen Jarrett, S, Virginia Tech – Former cornerback led Hokies with 88 tackles last fall and can play both safety spots.
Round 7, pick 242: Edmond Robinson, LB, Newberry – Solid against the run and in coverage for the Division II school in South Carolina.
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