Morgan Moses, T, Virginia (3)
Here’s a quote from Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera:
“I think protecting him” is more important. You have so many opportunities to get playmakers on the field. Other than the quarterback, there are five other guys who can make plays for you. I think right now what we’ve done is bring in guys who have the ability to make plays for us. I feel very comfortable with that.”
Would they keep that opinion if Marqise Lee or Davante Adams were available to No. 28? General manager Dave Gettleman insists that the team will take “best player available,” even if that’s a cornerback (e.g. Bradley Roby). Regardless, they’ll need to add WR and OT in the early rounds. They may find it easier to find a quality wide receiver after Round 1 because it’s such a deep draft.
Unfortunately for the Carolina Panthers in my mock draft, the best wide receivers have fallen off the board before the Panthers get to make their selection. Watkins, Evans, Lee, Beckham Jr., and Cooks have all been selected which doesn’t leave many top picks left worthy of a first round selection. With that in mind, the Panthers take a stab at their next highest need and wait to draft a lower WR later in the draft. Morgan Moses is gigantic and can come in and sure up an offensive line that is reeling. The Panthers need a big body up front that can help establish their run game more and Moses can come in and help with that immediately.
Carolina quite possibly has the least talented wide receiver group in the entire NFL. The are expected to bring in at least one receiver at some point throughout the draft. That being said, offensive tackle is an issue following the retirement of long time starter Jordan Gross. OT Morgan Moses out of Virginia is a prospect that could be rising up several teams draft boards. He could land anywhere from inside the top 20, all they way to the 2nd round. The Panthers would be wise to invest in their offensive line to help protect their franchise QB Cam Newton.