2018 Panthers mock draft round-up: Could USC's Hurst stay in the Carolinas?

2018 Panthers mock draft round-up: Could USC's Hurst stay in the Carolinas?
South Carolina's Hayden Hurst runs drills during South Carolina's NFL football pro day workout Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Columbia, S.C (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WIS) - The Carolina Panthers are gearing up for the 2018 NFL Draft, scheduled to start on Thursday, and the consensus is all over the place as to which position and which player the Panthers are going to go.

We scoured the internet to try and make sense on how the Panthers attack the draft and below are our results:

Will Brinson of CBS Sports has the Panthers going offensive line:

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David Newton with ESPN claims the Panthers will target a quarterback late:

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Peter King's MMQB Mock Draft predicts a big-time WR joining the Panthers after Kelvin Benjamin was traded last season:


Vinnie Iyer with SportingNews also sees Hernandez as the pick at No. 24, but believe WR and CB should be considered as well:

24. Carolina Panthers: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP

John Harris with the Washington Post is the first to go with a secondary player, but won't be the last:

24. Carolina Panthers — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
After losing guard Andrew Norwell to the Jaguars in the offseason, Will Hernandez would make a ton of sense with this pick, but the Panthers can find a guard in a deep interior line group in later rounds. Jackson has top 15 talent and the Panthers have a need at the cornerback position. Jackson becomes even more important for an NFC team that faces Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and Mike Evans six times a year.

NFL.com has several mock drafts up and running and the picks lean secondary but also feature USC TE Hurst:


USA Today's Panthers Wire goes secondary, but instead sees a dynamic safety that the Panthers should not miss:

No. 24: Justin Reid, S, Stanford

The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue also tabs Reid as the pick, saying that on top of the talent, the intangibles are too hard to pass up:

Round 1, No. 24: Justin Reid, S, Stanford

The Panthers have 15 players under contract in the secondary and only three of those players are 30 or older: Mike Adams, Captain Munnerlyn, and Colin Jones. Munnerlyn is the highest paid player in the secondary for 2018 at just shy of $4 million, according to Spotrac. The majority of the secondary players are either depth or developmental talent and the Panthers could easily use the draft to inject some starting talent where it could be questioned whether they have any.

While these picks only cover the Panthers' first-round selection, several of the outlets also broke down the Panthers' draft picks throughout the subsequent days. The Panthers also have picks No. 55, No. 85, No. 88, No. 161, No. 197, No. 234, and No. 242.

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