Carolina will need to do their homework this off-season as the team does not have a second round selection in the 2011 NFL draft.Â The Panthers need to upgrade just about every position on offense and new head coach Ron Rivera pointed out the tight end position as a must need.
The Panthers will use their first round pick on a high profile, must help immediately position. Rivera is a defensive minded coach with his background, but after spending time in San Diego he knows that offense is the key to winning games.
Look for Carolina to address the tight end position with the 65th overall selection. Here is a closer look at the possible prospects for Carolina with their third round selection.
TE D.J. Williams Â– Arkansas: Williams is more of a receiving tight end that is not the best at blocking in the run game. With sub 4.6 speed and a 236 pound frame, Williams has great hands and comes from pro-style offense at Arkansas. Williams route running is a strength and he can create mismatch problems for opposing defenses.
TE Lance Kendricks Â– Wisconsin: Kendricks is more of an all-around tight end. While at Wisconsin, Kendricks was asked to block on a consistent basis. At 6’3Â” and over 240 pounds, Kendrick makes for a large target in the red zone.