Projecting the Carolina Panthers’ 2016 NFL draft picks, round-by-round:
Round 1, pick 30
Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler: Extremely athletic for his size (6-4, 323), Butler can play nose tackle or the 3-technique, where Kawann Short lines up. Only 21, Butler is only going to get better when immersed in an NFL weight training program.
Round 2, pick 62
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Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller: Projected first-rounder until he tore his meniscus before last season and underwent microfracture surgery. Had eight career INTs; would be a steal if he’s still available late in the second round.
Round 3, pick 93
Boise State S Darian Thompson: Thompson (6-2, 208) is a good hitter and understands how to go after receivers under control. Broke Eric Weddle’s Mountain West Conference record with 19 career INTs.
Round 4, pick 129
Oklahoma CB Zack Sanchez: Ballhawk who had 13 interceptions his final two seasons for the Sooners. Not quite as big (5-11, 185) as Panthers like their CBs and has to improve as a tackler.
Round 5, pick 168
Mississippi WR Cody Core: Played in the shadows of Laquon Treadwell, but caught 37 passes for 644 yards and four TDs in the slot last season. Built a bit like Jerricho Cotchery at 6-3 and 205 pounds, and ran the 40 in 4.42 seconds.
Round 7, pick 262
Georgia RB Keith Marshall: A lot of tread left on the tires after an injury-plagued college career. Marshall was the star of the combine with the fastest 40 time (4.33) and banged out 25 reps on the pro bench (225 pounds).