CHARLOTTE, N.C. New Panthers general manager David Gettleman waited and waited for his chance to lead a personnel department after working 26 years in the NFL.
It's an opportunity he thought would never come, so it's only fitting that his first draft class aligns with Carolina's three biggest areas of need: offensive line, defensive tackle and secondary.
"Let's just say I'm not angry," Gettleman joked a week ago about seeing a draft class strong at the three spots.
The various mock drafts might list different options for the Panthers, by specific player, but each one essentially focuses on the trenches and secondary. Gettleman, a proponent of drafting the best player available over fit, doesn't "see many major holes" in Charlotte, but no one in player personnel likes to reveal the direction they're leaning before the draft.
Ideally, the clubs ahead of the Panthers will end up reaching for a quarterback, allowing Carolina to fill other needs by landing a top-10 talent with the 1...