Reviewing the draft: Carolina Panthers

Reviewing the draft: Carolina Panthers

Since the arrival of John Fox the Carolina franchise has not looked back. Free agent losses and the pending retirement of running back Stephen Davis created holes the team hoped to fill during the draft.

With oft-injured Deshaun Foster now becoming the teams feature runner, Carolina needed to add depth at running back. They may have done better selecting DeAngelo Williams, the celebrated college runner who has starting potential and was good value at pick number 27. Holes were created in the defensive back seven with the free agent losses of Ricky Manning and Will Witherspoon. And though he needs time to complete his game, Richard Marshall has greater upside then Manning and the team hopes he can play in nickel packages as a rookie. James Anderson is similar to Witherspoon in that he's an underrated prospect with terrific upside. The same can be said for Rashad Butler, who could develop into the teams starting left tackle as he physically matures. Nate Salley offers good upside as either a conventional strong safety or in a two-deep zone. Jeff King has definite promise as a second tight end and is a complete player at his position. If they get him into the weight room, add bulk to his frame and patiently wait for his development, Stanley McClover could end up as one of the draft's true steals.  In the end this could be one of the best draft's of '06.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

27

Williams, DeAngelo

RB

Memphis

2

58

Marshall, Richard

CB

Fresno State

3

88

Anderson, James

OLB

Virginia Tech

3

89

Butler, Rashad

OT

Miami (Fla.)

4

121

Salley, Nate

FS

Ohio State

5

155

King, Jeff

TE

Virginia Tech

7

234

Montgomery, Will

G

Virginia Tech

7

237

McClover, Stanley

DE

Auburn

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