2017 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers Late-Season 7-Round Mock Draft

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Chapters descriptions off, selected Descriptions subtitles off, selected Subtitles captions settings, opens captions settings dialog captions off, selected CaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneFull 7-round 2017 NFL mock draft for the Carolina Panthers late in their disappointing season.Entering the 2016 NFL season, the Carolina Panthers most likely envisioned another trip to the Super Bowl. Sure, they suffered a tough defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos in the big game, but Cam Newton was still in-tow, which always makes a team threatening. Yet, this team is out of postseason contention (essentially) well before Week 17 and, if you’ve watched them, has been for quite some time. Instead of a Super Bowl, the Panthers now have more hope for the 2017 NFL Draft.With that in mind, let’s take a look at what the Carolina Panthers could potentially do through April’s draft. There are glaring holes on both sides of the ball, problems amplified by some of their pending free agents potentially leaving. Lucky for them, their 2016 struggles have them in a solid position to land a game-changer.This mock draft was compiled using the Fanspeak On the Clock Mock Draft Simulator , so don’t get angry about where players went. If they were available, it’s my duty to take them. With that in mind, the Panthers are on the clock in the first round with the seventh-overall pick. Round 1, Pick 7: Jonathan Allen, DL — Alabama In the majority of mock drafts for the Carolina Panthers, Leonard Fournette is available at No. 7. And actually, that was the case here as well. However, also available was the player I consider to be the second best prospect in the draft: Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen. Though having a superstar running back would be nice, Allen is too enticing to pass up while also meeting a need.Allen’s versatility in the front-four is the first thing that jumps out when talking about his NFL prospects. The big man for the Crimson Tide lined up both on the edge and at defensive tackle depending on down and situation throughout his career. That’s hugely valuable for an NFL team as he showed the ability to have his way and succeed in both areas. He can generate a pass-rush from anywhere and is also an effective run-stopper when called upon in that regard.For the Panthers, this winds up being a perfect fit. Mario Addison, Charles Johnson, and Kawann Short are all set to hit free agency this offseason. Though they may bring back Short, there are definite holes and depth issues across the line in Carolina that’ll be coming up. Allen’s ability and versatility allows him to not only plug in where the Panthers need him, but to potentially become a star wherever that ultimately may be. Round 2, Pick […]