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Monday, April 21, 2008

Stanley McClover: Panthers looking for starter at DE

Charlotte Observer | 04/19/2008 | Draft could address several Panthers weak areas: "Defensive Line
Remember the days when the defensive line was the pride of the franchise?
Those days are gone. The Panthers barely mustered a pass rush last season and since have bid farewell to Kris Jenkins and -- at least for now -- to long-time starting defensive end Mike Rucker, an unrestricted free agent who remains unsigned.
Carolina is officially in rebuilding mode here and needs an end and a tackle in the draft.
Florida's Derrick Harvey would be a marvelous addition in the first round and would be instantly penciled in as the starter at right end. If he winds up elsewhere, free agent signee Tyler Brayton and 2007 third-round pick Charles Johnson will compete for the job with Stanley McClover.
The Panthers must get some tackle help for starters Damione Lewis and Ma'ake Kemoeatu. They can dream of landing Southern Cal's Sedrick Ellis in the first round, but that's highly unlikely because he figures to be a top-10 pick.
Getting a tackle in the second or third round is feasible, however. One possibility is former Independence High standout Dre Moore of Maryland."

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