Now that the Panthers 2017 campaign has sadly come to an early end in the Wildcard round of the playoffs, we now turn our focus to 2018, and the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.
Since everyone enjoyed the list I kept last season, and with the help of some of my twitter friends Edgar Salmingo Jr. (@PanthersAnalyst), Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91), and Austin Seibert (@Abert43). Plus several others who helped, and collabed with me to help keep the 2017 list up to date. I bring you the 2018 Panthers Draft Prospect List.
Like last season I will be keeping an up to date list of prospects the Carolina Panthers are reportedly in contact with through various media reports. I will include the sources of the information for the contact with each prospect below the list like last season as well.
I will be updating the list as regularly as possible.
Usually I have listed the “Projected Rounds” via CBS at https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings.
It seems CBS Sports has changed how they listed the players on their site. So instead of “Projected Rounds” I will be including their “Position Rankings” beside the player listings.
This will be a fluid ranking since I don’t believe they have listed all the prospects for the draft. I will update it from time to time as I am updating the listings.
*Update (03/28/18)* – I have added a list of each Pro Day that either the GM or Coaches have been spotted at (not scouts) per the suggestion by Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91). It is located under the list, and rumor section of this page.
*Update (04/03/18)* – I have added a separate list of the 30 private visits below the current overall list. The Rumors, Sources, and the rest of the info I have added to the page can be found by scrolling below it.
*Update (4/10/18)* – After some social media questions regarding my local visit’s listings. I have included a list of the local visits/workouts under the 30 visits below the prospect meeting list. This also includes a explanation for some of the listings.
|SR – Senior Bowl meeting.
EW – East-West Shrine meeting.
COM – Combine meeting.
CON – Unspecified contact.
MET – Unspecified private meeting or dinner/lunch meeting.
PRO – Pro Day or campus meeting/workout.
LOC – Local visit or Local Pro Day.
PRI – Private visit.
WOR – Private workout.
|Running Back||Wide Receiver|
|Defensive End||Defensive Tackle|
|Offensive Tackle||Offensive Guard|
30 Private Visits List:
- Center – James Daniels, Iowa
- Center – Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
- Offensive Guard – Braden Smith, Auburn
- Defensive Tackle – Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
- Defensive Tackle – Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays State
- Defensive End – Chad Thomas, Miami (FL)
- Cornerback – Mike Hughes, UCF
- Cornerback – Duke Dawson, Florida
- Cornerback – Donte Jackson, LSU
- Safety – Justin Reid, Stanford
- Safety – Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
- Wide Receiver – Chrisitan Kirk, Texas A&M
- Wide Receiver – DJ Moore, Maryland
- Wide Receiver – Anthony Miller, Memphis
- Wide Receiver – Calvin Ridley, Alabama
- Running Back – Nick Chubb, Georgia
- Running Back – Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
Visits That Did Not Count Towards The 30 (Local Workout/Visits):
- Safety – Jessie Bates III, Wake Forest
- Cornerback – Jaire Alexander, Louisville
- Tight End – Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
- Defensive End – Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest
- Center – Alan Knott, South Carolina
- Wide Receiver – Austin Proehl, North Carolina
- Running Back – Lawrence Pittman, Wingate
- Offensive Guard – Tony Adams, NC State
- Offensive Tackle – Brandon Parker, NC A&T
- Quarterback – Riley Ferguson, Memphis
**Some visits did not count towards the 30 visits for different reasons which is why they are listed as local, and not on my 30 visits.
Some prospects attended the Panthers Local Pro Day like Ferguson, Hurst, Proehl, Knott, Pittman, Ejiofor, Bates, Parker, and possibly Adams.
In the case of Alexander much like Ferguson, Proehl, and Adams. Alexander grew up in a Charlotte suburb. NFL rules say “exceptions for players who attend nearby colleges or grew up within the same metropolitan area or the “contiguous suburbs.” Which can be read about at this link.
Alexander, and Adams attended high school in Mint Hill, NC which is a Charlotte suburb. While Ferguson attended high school in Matthews, NC, and Proehl attended high school in Pineville-Matthews, NC which are both Charlotte suburbs.
With Hurst, Ejiofor, and Bates, they also fall under another NFL rule. Where the NFL assigns three FBS schools as local schools for a NFL team. Which is primarily determined through driving distance.
“The player attends one of the three FBS schools, including at least
one that is a member of a Power Five conference, as assigned by
the Player Personnel department of the League office. Proximity to
the club’s facility (measured by driving distance) will be the
primary, but not sole, factor for selecting schools.”
Two of the three closest FBS schools by driving distance to the Panthers facility are South Carolina, and Wake Forest. So I’d say it’s safe to assume that both are two of the three FBS schools attached to the Panthers. The Observers Jourdan Rodrigue did confirm that Bates would not count towards the 30.**
Other Notes or Rumors:
Panthers rumored interest in Wake Forest Safety Jessie Bates III. As reported below in an article from Tony Pauline.
Panthers GM Marty Hurney, WR Coach Lance Taylor, and Asst. DB Coach Richard Rodgers were spotted at the Penn State Pro Day (via Tony Pauline & Billy).
Current speculation is they were there for DaeSean Hamilton, Marcus Allen, and Mike Gesicki. I will include this in the listing’s above with an asterisk (*PRO) until any confirmation of their reason for being there.
Panthers GM Marty Hurney was spotted at the USC Pro Day. Current speculation is he was there for DE Rasheem Green.
Panthers Quarterback Coach Scott Turner, and Defensive Line Coach Brady Hoke were spotted at the Georgia Pro Day. Possible Defensive Line prospects participating that Hoke could be looking at were: OLB/DE Davin Bellamy, OLB/DE Lorenzo Carter, DT John Atkins, or DT Trenton Thompson.
Panthers Director Of Personnel, and Quarterback Coach Scott Turner were reported at Texas Tech’s Pro Day (via Tony Pauline). Current speculation is one of the prospects they were there for is QB Nic Shimonek.
Panthers Defensive Coordinator Eric Washington was reported at Boston College’s Pro Day for Defensive End Harold Landry, but Panthers Assistant DB Coach was also spotted at Boston College working with the defensive backs via Billy. He speculates the DB coach could have been checking out CB Isaac Yiadom.
In an article on the NFL’s College Football 24/7 Washington Wide Receiver Dante Pettis revealed some upcoming visits with teams. He mentions that he will have a visit with an unnamed “NFC South team”. If the Panthers private visit count doesn’t reach a full 30. It would probably be best to guess that this could be them. Especially given the type’s of receivers they have been targeting this draft.
Pro Days The GM & Coaches Have Been Spotted At:
- Alabama – GM Marty Hurney, and WR Coach Lance Taylor
- Nevada – Running Game Coord. John Matsko
- Tennessee – GM Marty Hurney, and DB Coach Curtis Fuller
- South Carolina – OC Norv Turner, and LB Coach Steve Russ
- Ohio State – D-line Coach Brady Hoke
- Notre Dame – Running Game Coord. John Matsko, and Asst. WR Coach Jerricho Cotchery
- Virginia Tech – GM Marty Hurney
- San Diego State – RB Coach Jim Skipper
- Penn State – GM Marty Hurney, Asst. DB Coach Richard Rodgers, and WR Coach Lance Taylor
- Texas Tech – QB Coach Scott Turner
- Iowa – Asst. DB Coach Jeff Imamura
- Mississippi State – Running Game Coord. John Matsko
- Miami (FL) – Asst. WR Coach Jerricho Cotchery, and D-Line Coach Brady Hoke
- Maryland – OC Norv Turner, QB Coach Scott Turner, LB Coach Steve Russ, and WR Coach Lance Taylor
- NC State – RB Coach Jim Skipper, Special Teams Coordinator Chase Blackburn, D-line Coach Brady Hoke, and DC Eric Washington
- Toledo – QB Coach Scott Turner
- Boston College – DC Eric Washington, and Asst. DB Coach Jeff Imamura
- UCLA – Running Game Coord. John Matsko
- Richmond – QB Coach Scott Turner
- Washington State – Running Game Coord. John Matsko
- Georgia – D-line coach Brady Hoke, and QB Coach Scott Turner
- USC – GM Marty Hurney
- Arkansas – GM Marty Hurney, and Running Game Coord. John Matsko
- Stanford – Asst. DB Coach Richard Rodgers
- UCF – DB Coach Curtis Fuller
- Western Kentucky – QB Coach Scott Turner
- Memphis – OC Norv Turner, and QB Coach Scott Turner
- North Carolina – Asst. WR Coach Jerricho Cotchery
- LSU – GM Marty Hurney, OC Norv Turner, and WR Coach Lance Taylor
(Click on images to be redirected to the originating articles)
**The JaMarcus King workout source was a tweet from the prospect’s personal twitter handle which has since been deleted. I will include my retweet of that removed tweet as the source for the info below.**