Wow, things fell apart in a hurry for the Carolina Panthers, who saw some lofty hopes to be a stout team in what was once the toughest division in the NFL, the NFC South.
Carolina has needs all across the board, and it might be smart to start on the defensive side of things and up front within the trenches. That could be the route taken here, but adding some solid pieces to the secondary would make a lot of sense, too.
Washington cornerback Byron Murphy would make some sense here. At 5-foot-11 and 182 pounds, he’s cut out for nickel duties but could also help fill a glaring void at safety if he winds up showing the necessary speed and ranginess over the top — traits he developed well at the collegiate level.
Plus, Murphy plays bigger than his size indicates, and he’d be a solid choice at No. 16.