all and Will Grier at No. 100 overall." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteCat Scratch Readera Carolina Panthers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsAboutPanthersOddsShopStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomFiled under:Panthers 2019 NFL DraftThe Carolina Panthers improved their roster by drafting Greg Little and Will Grier on Day 2New Stitched Wes Horton Jersey ,9commentsThe Panthers drafted Greg Little at No. 37 overall and Will Grier at No. 100 overall.EDTShareTweetShareShareThe Carolina Panthers improved their roster by drafting Greg Little and Will Grier on Day 2Ben Queen-USA TODAY SportsWith Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft over, there’s a lot to reel in from the Carolina Panthers’ latest selections. Marty Hurney addressed additional needs on the offensive line (which came at a steep cost) and found a potential long-term backup for Cam Newton. Were these picks the smartest move the Panthers could’ve made?Assessing Greg LittleCarolina gave people mixed emotions when they decided to trade up to No. 37 to grab offensive tackle Greg Little in exchange for their Nos. 47 and 77 picks. With so much talent in the 2019 class, this could’ve been a costly mistake. Aside from the pass rush, which they implemented in the first round with Brian Burns, the Panthers were in dire need of a true left tackle. While trading away additional picks in the second and third round is risky, the Panthers felt an urge to nab one of the best tackles in the draft. There’s no question that Little has second round talent, if not first. His sloppiness and finesse blocking was an issue in his college career, but these are things that can be cleaned up.He has a build that bulk up and add strength. He has good hand-coordination and arm length. The addition of Little gives Ron Rivera options and stability on the offensive line. With Taylor Moton more confident on the right side and Daryl Williams’ contract set to expire at the end of the season Youth J.J. Jansen Jersey , the Panthers needed a promising left tackle to protect Newton. Had the Panthers waited, Little, as well as any of the other tackles, could’ve been gone. The Panthers knew they had a need and a filled an immediate roster spot. I think Little will pay off long-term, which makes the trade worth it. Will Grier offers insuranceLast season spiraled when Newton’s throwing shoulder began to give him issues, resulting in him being benched the last two regular season games in 2018. Carolina never had a secure backup in Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen, who were often called late in games to throw a hail mary. With the No. 100 overall pick, the Panthers gave themselves that much needed insurance when they selected quarterback Will Grier. Grier was viewed as a bit of a dark horse this draft. Some experts suspected he could’ve been a potential first-rounder Stitched J.J. Jansen Jersey , but due to lack of development, he fell. Many question if Grier’s success at West Virginia was a benefit of the simplicity of his offense, but there’s no denying Grier has an arm and is confident. With Newton still in rehab for his right shoulder, having a promising backup is key. This selection could show to pay off sooner than later, if things don’t go smoothly for Newton’s rehabbing. Always prepare for the unpredictable, which is exactly what Hurney did. Overall, Hurney and the Panthers played smart in this year’s draft and went after players who will benefit them long-term. This is part two of a series looking at potential trade up scenarios for the Panthers in the NFL Draft." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteCat Scratch Readera Carolina Panthers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsAboutPanthersOddsShopStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomFiled under:Panthers 2019 NFL DraftShould the Carolina Panthers trade up in the draft, or stand pat at No. 16?New Youth Mario Addison Jersey ,30commentsThis is part two of a series looking at potential trade up scenarios for the Panthers in the NFL Draft.EDTShareTweetShareShareShould the Carolina Panthers trade up in the draft, or stand pat at No. 16?Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesIn part one of this two-part series I reviewed the possibilities of the Panthers trading up in the first round to obtain a pass rusher. In part two let’s look at the more likely scenario. The Panthers draft a different position in the first round at No. 16, such as an offensive tackle. It would make sense wouldn’t it? In a draft heavy in defensive linemen there is a good chance a good one slips to the latter third of the first round. That would put the Panthers in range by offering the Panthers’ second round pick (No. 47) plus a second or third round pick in next year’s draft depending on how far they need to jump up into the first round. Given the number of defensive linemen with first round grades I can almost guarantee there will be a pass rusher available in the mid to late 20s. With luck a player like Clelin Ferrell or Montez Sweat could slide into the 20s. Certainly Florida defensive end Jachai Polite could be there though I hear he butchered the interview process at the combine. I admit though his tape is impressive. He is really good at getting under the tackles pads and taking the short path to the quarterback.Jaylon Ferguson had 45 sacks at Louisiana Tech in four seasons. Yes he played at the FBS level but the kid has football instincts. You just have to get past the level of competition.Zack Allen from Boston College could be a target early in the second round. I’m sure Luke Kuechly would welcome a fellow Eagle on the Panthers defense. Allen would not require an extra second round pick to move up, more like a third or maybe the Panthers third round compensatory pick.If we now flip the script and instead assume the Panthers selected a pass rusher in the first round a trade up for a tackle could be in the cards. There should be a couple good prospects that could be available late in the first round or early second. Dalton Risner, Cody Ford, or Greg Little would be good addition to the Panthers offensive line. The Panthers may find the chance to land a starting caliber tackle with a couple mid round picks too tempting to pass up.After last season’s second half meltdown general manager Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera might feel the need to turn things around in a hurry. For this reason trading a future pick might not seem as risky as in past offseasons. Another seven-win season or worse and it will be the next general manager having to deal with the 2020 draft. For this reason I expect the Panthers to be active during this upcoming draft.