The Carolina Panthers and GM David Gettleman know the type of player that they like.  In rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL draft, the Panthers aggressively sought out big bodied corners to fill the hole left by Josh Norman.  The secondary was ignored in the first round, when the Panthers added depth on the D-Line in Vernon Butler.  It was only a matter of time until the Panthers took a corner. Carolina Panthers

In the 2nd round the Panthers picked James Bradberry out of Samford.  Bradberry is 6’1″ and 211 pounds, making him the same type of big, athletic corner that Josh Norman was.  He played at Samford in Division II, so the level of competition he faced is a question.  He also has to do some developing in his coverage skills and needs to build his strength so he can offer more in run support, but with the Panthers strong pass rush, Bradberry could be the beneficiary with his great athleticism.

The Panthers traded up in the third round to grab another corner in Daryl Worley from West Virginia.  Worley is another athletic, big corner who has a very high ceiling.  The Panthers traded up to grab Worley however, giving up their 4th round pick as well as swapping picks in the 5th round to get him.  That means there may be added pressure on Worley to contribute early, perhaps even more than Bradberry.

Both players can potentially fill a need and at the very least provide a boost of athleticism and size in the secondary.  At the cost of a 2nd, 3rd, and a 4th pick (with the trade for Worley) the expectations will be high.  Luckily they join a team flush with talent, and talented teammates always help you develop a little faster.

 

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