Carolina Panthers Draft Preview; 2016 Schedule Released
With the NFL Draft set to begin on April 28th, let’s take a look at this year’s Carolina Panthers Draft Preview and schedule.
Carolina Panthers Draft Preview
At the bottom of the first round sits the Carolina Panthers with the 30th overall selection. Coming off an incredible Super Bowl run, they will look to improve upon the weaker spots they have, most notably in the pass rushing department. Although they have Jared Allen, who led the league in sacks last season, he is at the tail end of his career.
Since the departure of Greg Hardy to Dallas, the Panthers have been hungry for someone of that caliber to pick up the slack. The lack of productivity as an entire unit, and only mere flashes of greatness from a select few, Carolina will almost assuredly look to rebuild that front seven in an effort to return to the big game.
Pressuring opposing quarterbacks has always been a staple in the Panthers defensive game and right now seems to be their biggest hole. Look for the Panthers to bring in someone who can emerge into a beast that they’ve grown accustomed to.
Ron Rivera understands more than anyone the importance of a dominant defensive end, so he will definitely be keeping an eye open for one.
Panthers’ Top Prospects:
DE – Joey Bosa (Ohio State), Kevin Dodd (Clemson), DeForest Buckner (Oregon)
Carolina Panthers’ Schedule
Week 1: Sept. 8, at Denver Broncos (Thu), 8:30
Week 3: Sept. 25, Minnesota Vikings, 1
Week 4: Oct. 2, at Atlanta Falcons, 1
Week 5: Oct. 10, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon), 8:30
Week 6: Oct. 16, at New Orleans Saints, 1
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Oct. 30, Arizona Cardinals, 4:25
Week 9: Nov. 6, at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05
Week 10: Nov. 13, Kansas City Chiefs, 1
Week 11: Nov. 17, New Orleans Saints (Thu), 8:25
Week 12: Nov. 27, at Oakland Raiders, 4:25
Week 13: Dec. 4, at Seattle Seahawks*, 8:30
Week 14: Dec. 11, San Diego Chargers, 1
Week 15: Dec. 19, at Washington Redskins (Mon), 8:30
Week 16: Dec. 24, Atlanta Falcons (Sat), 1
Week 17: Jan. 1, at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1
(Carolina Panthers Draft Preview)