PFF Draft Board: Carolina Panthers

John Kosko takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Panthers' needs.

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PFF Draft Board: Carolina Panthers

PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 teams, using our draft rankings and our evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second- and third-round picks, along with the complete team-specific draft board including every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Carolina Panthers:

Round 1 (31st overall)

Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

Joseph is the only true safety worthy of first-round status, even after tearing his ACL after just 240 snaps in 2015. The former Mountaineer was all over the field intercepting five passes and flying up in run defense. Any team that picks Joseph will be getting an active playmaker.

Emmanuel Ogbah, ED, Oklahoma State

The Panthers are in dire need of a playmaking pass rusher and Ogbah fits that bill. He graded as PFF’s third-best pass rusher in 2015 and did so with the third-best pass rushing productivity in the class as well.

Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

While we see the Ohio State version of Michael Thomas as someone that should be off the board by this time, his average production in the past two years on a talented Buckeyes team might scare some teams. Fear not, Thomas has the size, speed, route running and separation skills to succeed in the NFL and should not be overlooked.

Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi

Reed is a versatile corner that can play in any scheme.  The Panthers have a reputation for playing a heavy cover-3 zone concept but in actuality, it’s one of many schemes they run.  Reed has the prototypical size of an NFL corner with blazing sub-4.4 40 speed.  The only question with Reed is his level of competition, but he dominated his competition, allowing just 48.3 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught and grading as our third best coverage corner in 2015.

Round 2 (62nd overall)

Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State

If Joseph doesn’t fall in the first, Byard is a very good alternative as a deep safety. He shows good range and play recognition but struggles as an in-the-box safety.

Joe Thuney, OT, NC State

While Thuney isn’t getting much attention, especially not in the second round, we see it differently. He gets the job done, even if it is ugly as he rarely loses in the run or pass game; he surrendered just seven pressure on 507 snaps in pass protection.

Keyarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa

Cam Newton likes his receivers big and Garrett fits that profile at 6-3 and 220 pounds. With Kelvin Benjamin returning in 2016 and Devin Funchess hopefully making a second-year leap, the Panthers will have a receiving group that would be difficult for any secondary to cover with the addition of Garrett’s downfield-receiving ability.

Round 3 (93rd overall)

Cre’Von LeBlanc, CB, Florida Atlantic

LeBlanc has been excellent in our two years of grading for Florida Atlantic, especially in 2015 where he allowed just 39 percent of targets into his coverage to be caught. He excels in zone coverage, so he’ll add a nice depth piece for the Panthers’ secondary — especially given that Josh Norman is now on the open market.

Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

The Panthers need competition at the right tackle position and Coleman provides just that. He excels as a run blocker already (+19.7 run block grade, fifth in class) but will need to improve in pass protection to crack the starting lineup.

Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas

While Jonathan Stewart has excelled the past two seasons, he is often injured. Collins provides insurance against that and is a physical presence while also grading positively as a run blocker when asked to do so in 2015.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardCarolina Panthers Draft Board
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State11
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State32
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss53
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State74
Corey ColemanWRBaylor95
DeForest BucknerDIOregon26
Myles JackLBUCLA67
Josh DoctsonWRTCU108
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State139
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1110
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville811
Jared GoffQBCal412
William Jackson IIICBHouston1513
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1214
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1815
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1916
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1417
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3018
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1719
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2520
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2721
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3522
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3722
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2324
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2425
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3426
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6427
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2028
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2829
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5230
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2231
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1632
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3933
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4434
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5435
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2636
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6037
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3838
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4038
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5540
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6941
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State6841
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5943
Joshua GarnettGStanford5044
Maliek CollinsDINebraska6144
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4346
Jeremy CashSDuke5347
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4948
Su'a CravensLBUSC4848
Connor CookQBMichigan State7550
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9150
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5652
Ryan KellyCAlabama4253
Darron LeeLBOhio State8154
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6754
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic9354
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4657
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5758
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3359
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7460
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7760
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5162
Darius LathamDIIndiana8463
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8064
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2165
Vonn BellSOhio State9066
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern8866
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7668
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4769
Willie HenryDIMichigan9969
Tavon YoungCBTemple11571
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9672
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7972
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2974
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8775
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8675
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6677
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7077
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State10277
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4580
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7381
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9782
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3683
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11984
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10785
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8286
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8386
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3288
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri10889
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6390
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9491
Devin LucienWRArizona State9291
Braxton MillerWROhio State9891
Matt SkuraCDuke12894
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas12694
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4196
Matt IoannidisDITemple12496
Joe DahlOTWashington State11298
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State13899
Austin HooperTEStanford125100
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182101
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State65102
Steven DanielsLBBoston College101103
Christian WestermanGArizona State85104
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA58105
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118106
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114107
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State78108
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132108
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona71110
David MorganTEUTSA153110
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157112
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA89113
Eli AppleCBOhio State31114
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145114
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky109116
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180117
Austin BlytheCIowa203118
Jake McGeeTEFlorida123119
Devon CajusteTEStanford174120
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan62121
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150122
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222123
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72124
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173125
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95126
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111127
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230128
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105128
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110130
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133131
Will ParksSArizona100132
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140133
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139133
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117135
Devontae BookerRBUtah103136
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162136
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147136
Daniel LascoRBCal141139
Jayron KearseSClemson120140
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116140
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152142
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191143
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129144
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130144
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151146
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146146
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136148
Jihad WardDIIllinois159149
Keanu NealSFlorida176149
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131151
Jack AllenCMichigan State122152
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154153
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142154
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135154
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137154
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187157
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192157
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163159
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155159
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165159
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148162
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104162
Kevin HoganQBStanford143162
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149162
Cody KesslerQBUSC106162
Byron MarshallWROregon121167
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185168
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186168
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188168
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127171
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209171
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171173
Corey TindalCBMarshall172173
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181173
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160176
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156176
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221178
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134179
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204180
Nick VigilLBUtah State205180
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177182
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179182
Cody CoreWROle Miss184184
Kenny LawlerWRCal193184
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158186
Artie BurnsCBMiami144187
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224187
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161189
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166189
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200191
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201191
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206191
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207191
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199191
Terrell LathanDITCU167196
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169196
Blake MartinezLBStanford198198
Boston StiversonGKansas State237199
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238199
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243199
T.J. GreenSClemson217202
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214202
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218202
Alex LewisOTNebraska183205
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168206
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170206
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175206
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178206
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195210
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196210
Ryker MathewsGBYU164212
Ted KarrasGIllinois213213
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215214
John TheusOTGeorgia231215
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232215
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249215
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194218
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197218
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211220
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208220
Teddy RubenWRTroy212220
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233223
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225223
Jalen MillsCBLSU247223
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248223
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226223
Charone PeakeWRClemson229223
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236223
Trevor DavisWRCal239223
Max TuerkCUSC113231
Joey HuntCTCU189231
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190231
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210234
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234235
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240235
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242235
Deion JonesLBLSU250235
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235235
Ian SeauEDGENevada219240
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220240
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216240
Connor McGovernGMissouri202243
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241244
Jake BrendelCUCLA245244
Mike RoseEDGENC State223246
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244246
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246246
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227246
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228250

| Analyst

John is an analyst for Pro Football Focus and former safety for the University of Kansas Jayhawks (2004–2006).

  • Tim Edell

    Prolly be easier to just copy and paste CB Kalan Reed in every teams article. However, there is no way he is a 1st rounder.

  • JudoPrince

    Panthers have 3 blatant needs entering this draft:


    So why would ‘S’ be at the top of the list for the first two rounds? Especially considering they have Tre Boston and Coleman already, not to mention cap room to find backup talent in FA.