Pre-Draft Team Needs: Carolina Panthers
Julius Peppers (Getty Images)
Julius Peppers (Getty Images)
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted Apr 12, 2010


The Panthers jettisoned several veterans last month, so they'll have to rebuild through this year's NFL Draft.

Players Added

Wallace Wright/WR - Wright was a key special teams player for the New York Jets last season.

Steve Justice/C - There were some personnel evaluators that believed he could eventually push for a starting job down the line with the Indianapolis Colts who drafted him in 2008.

Ed Johnson/DT - He worked out for the team last season, so they've decided to take an expanded look at him.

Marcus Hudson/CB - He'll see most of his playing time on special teams.


Players Lost

Jake Delhomme/QB - The team simply decided it was time to move on from the veteran signal caller. Despite his struggles over the past few seasons, Delhomme found a starting job with the Cleveland Browns.

A.J. Feeley/QB - His departure leaves the team very thin on depth at the quarterback position.

Josh McCown/QB - The journeyman signal caller should find a new home by the start of training camps.

Brad Hoover/FB - Second-year FB Tony Fiammetta is his replacement.

Muhsin Muhammad/WR - The veteran receiver, who turns 37 next month, remains unsigned.

Keydrick Vincent/G - The veteran interior offensive lineman remains unsigned. Third-year OL Mackenzy Bernadeau is his likely replacement.

Rhys Lloyd/K - The kickoff specialist found a new home with the Minnesota Vikings.

Ma'ake Kemoeatu/DT - He's coming off of a torn Achilles and the team apparently wasn't going to wait to see where he was physically at the start of training camp.

Damione Lewis/DT - With no salary cap to deal with, the team decided to part ways with the veteran interior defensive lineman.

Hollis Thomas/DT - It was thought that he was just signed for depth purposes last season, but he wound up starting 13 games for the Panthers.

Julius Peppers/DE - Second-year DE Everette Brown will be expected to pick up the slack from Peppers' departure.

Landon Johnson/LB - He's yet another veteran that was released. Johnson saw most of his playing time last season on special teams.

Na'il Diggs/LB - Diggs found a home with the St. Louis Rams where he should be able to start.

Dante Wesley/CB - He was one of their better special teams players. Wesley signed with the Lions.

Quinton Teal/S - Teal, who wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent, saw a majority of his playing time last season on special teams.


Pre-Draft Team Needs

Defensive Tackle - The team is down to several backups challenging for the two starting jobs.

Wide Receiver - The team badly needs to develop a younger receiver who could start opposite Steve Smith. It's apparent that Dwayne Jarrett won't be that guy.

Defensive End - With Peppers gone, depth and talent at defensive end is a big issue.

Quarterback - The team has to make a decision on who will be their starting quarterback for years to come--Matt Moore or a rookie?


Other Issues to Address

Guard Depth

Right Tackle Depth

Outside Linebacker Depth



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