2016 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers’ 7-Round Mock 1.0

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The Carolina Panthers head into the 2016 NFL Draft with six picks at their disposal. What will they do with them, and will it be enough to get them back to the Super Bowl?

Jason Spriggs

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The Carolina Panthers watched their 2015 campaign come to a heartbreaking end with a loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 that wasn’t nearly as close as people expected it to be. Luckily for them, the roster has remained pretty much intact this offseason. Can you say back-to-back trips to the big game?

Well I can’t either, because it’s way too early for that. But that doesn’t mean Carolina fans shouldn’t be excited about their team’s chances in 2016.

Cam Newton is still leading the offense, Kelvin Benjamin is set to return and the defense didn’t lose any significant names outside of Jared Allen. The core than helped the Panthers finish 15-1 in 2015 is still together, which means the future looks very bright in Charlotte.

Making the most of their 2016 NFL Draft class will certainly help, though. There are a number of positions the Panthers need to address this offseason. They haven’t been too busy in free agency, so the draft may be their best opportunity to make any necessary upgrades.

So here they are–my projections for how the Panthers will use their six picks when the 2016 NFL Draft rolls around on April 28.

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