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Carolina Panthers 2013 first-round mock draft

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How NFL.com analysts are projecting the first-round picks for the Carolina Panthers in the 2013 NFL Draft:


Matt "Money" Smith

No. 14: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

The Panthers would have loved to see Lotulelei fall in their lap, but Richardson is a nice consolation prize. Carolina needs a defensive tackle ahead of anything else, and with Luke Kuechly being a home run pick last year, Ron Rivera is getting that side of the ball in order.
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Charles Davis

No. 14: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

A huge need pick, the versatile/gifted Richardson fits in nicely (and hopefully, for the Panthers' sake, stands out quickly).
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Daniel Jeremiah

No. 14: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

If the Eagles pass on Lotulelei, he could easily slide into the Panthers' lap, making an excellent addition to Ron Rivera's defense.
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Bucky Brooks

No. 14: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Ron Rivera wants to upgrade the middle of the Panthers' defense after watching the unit struggle against the run in 2012. Richardson is a high-motor interior defender with the athleticism to create disruption at the point of attack.
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Akbar Gbajabiamila

No. 14: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Patterson is a talented wide receiver who would give Cam Newton a deep option opposite the aging Steve Smith.
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Gil Brandt

No. 14: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Richardson is a bit undersized, but he has outstanding quickness and his athletic ability is off the charts. He worked out well at Missouri's Pro Day. A lot of people have come in to see this guy. I think he looks more like Warren Sapp than the highly touted Sharrif Floyd. Carolina also could go with a receiver here.
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Charley Casserly

No. 14: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

New general manager Dave Gettleman comes from the Giants, and he follows Big Blue's blueprint in building a strong defensive line with his first draft pick in Carolina.
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Josh Norris

No. 14: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

I expect the Panthers to run a more versatile front in 2013, and Richardson fits a variety of alignments along the defensive line.
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MOCK DRAFT CENTRAL

AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans
AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Redskins*
NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints
NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks*
* Do not have first-round picks

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