CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NFL Scouting Combine begins February 28, 2017. Over 300 players will descend upon Indianapolis to prove their value to NFL scouts. Take a look at the full list of combine participants here.
North and South Carolina schools will be well represented at the combine. The national champion, Clemson Tigers have nine invited players scheduled to attend.
The Carolina Panthers hold the eight pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the combine will provide an opportunity for the team to see the prospects in person. Following a disappointing 2016 season, the Panthers will look to tweak the already talented roster, and will have the chance to draft a solid player with such a high draft pick.
Carolina fans should be optimistic that the team can see a vast improvement in record without making major changes.
The Panthers were second in the league with 47 sacks in 2016, but the team is still expected to take a long look at edge pass rushers. Stanford Defensive End, Solomon Thomas, has promising talent and is expected to be available when the Panthers are on the clock.
The running back pool is deep in this draft and although Jonathan Stewart is still very productive when healthy, it may be hard for Carolina to pass on a talent such as Leonard Fournette if he is still available with the eighth pick.
Other positions of need for the Panthers include Strong Safety and Offensive Tackle, but most analysts don’t see many players worthy of such a high selection in this draft.
The scouting combine is just a small part of player evaluations, but it gives scouts and fans an opportunity to see top prospects side by side. It also gives us a reason to keep talking football.