With questions about whether they can re-sign both Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short along the defensive line, the Panthers smartly picked up Vernon Butler in the first round. He's a powerful run stuffer who will make plays starting in a rotation. After letting starting cornerback Josh Norman leave, the Panthers decided to use multiple picks to find his replacement. They started in the second round with Bradberry, who has impressive size but needs to be coached up. In the third round, they got Daryl Worley from West Virginia. He's a risk-taking cornerback who can get beat by being too aggressive. Zack Sanchez may run hot and cold as a cornerback, but he's very good against smaller wide outs. He is good at making a play on the ball and could be a good system fit. Seventh rounder Beau Sandland has a chance to make the roster. He's a solid athlete with good hands, but he jumped form school to school, so his development is a little behind. The Panthers needed an offensive tackle in this draft and didn't take one.
—Dan Kadar, SB Nation
Butler will immediately work into the Panthers DT rotation and will be a future starter down the line. Though he's shown to be a strong run stuffer he is nimble enough to get into the backfield. He will rotate in on 3rd down, replace Star and use those big mitts to get into the QB's face.
Bradberry fills the void left by Josh Norman's departure and should fit in adequately in the Panthers' zone coverage schemes. He has the size, speed and ball skills to be a solid piece in a rebuilding secondary.
Worley joins James Bradberry at cornerback in an apparent attempt to get the secondary younger. After many years of finding 1 year mercenaries in the defensive backfield, they've selected two large corners who will compete with Bene Benwikere and Brandon Boykin for starting spots. Worley could also see reps at free safety with Kurt Coleman entering the last year of his deal.
Sanchez feels like a project in the vein of Josh Norman. He will likely sit his first season as he learns to control his over eagerness into a talent for causing turnovers. With this much depth at the position Sanchez may never break the active squad but if he does, his raw instincts should fit in well with this turnover minded defense.
Sandland is a big tight end: 6'4 and 253 pounds, out of Montana State.