Pre-Draft Team Needs: Carolina Panthers

Julius Peppers (Getty Images)

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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