As we continue the Team Needs series for the 2013 NFL Draft, we proceed to the team with the fourteenth overall pick; the Carolina Panthers. It was a season of spinning the wheels in North Carolina in 2012, after an impressive rookie season from Cam Newton was unable to be built upon. Newton took a step back and the Panthers offense struggled mightily because of it.
This had some wondering if Ron Rivera would be a casualty on Black Monday, but it appears that he’ll be given the routine three years to turn a team around. There was plenty to be excited about, but still a ways to go to catch up with the NFC South. Here are some things that Rivera will look to add or upgrade on his roster come the draft.
The biggest problem for the Panthers last season wasn’t as much as their frustrations on offense as it was their inability to stop anyone elses. They gave up the tenth most yards in 2012 and plenty of that was in the air as Chris Gamble couldn’t cover both sides of the field...