Mel's 64 is my take on who the top 64 players entering the draft are and commentary on each as to how they may or may not fit with Carolina. Come back often as the order will change as players declare or return to school. Combine and workout results will change things too. Hope you enjoy!
57) Tevin Coleman Indiana RB 5’11/206
Mel’s Take- Coleman missed working out at the Combine with a foot injury. But watch his tape and you'll see a big guy that runs wirt wreckless abandon and hits the holes hard and quick. He is also very good at picking up the blitz and is a big body in the run game. Solid Round 2 option.
58) TJ Yeldon Alabama RB 6’2/220
Mel’s Take- Ran a 4.61 at the Combine and when you consider his 6'2/ 220 lb frame, that's pretty impressive. Very big back that has the ability to pick up blitzes from NFL LBs. Could be a very good long term replacement for the current RBs.
59) Reese Dismukes Auburn C 6’3/295
Mel’s Take- Ran a 5.3 at the Combine. That means nothing for a Center. Was a two time team Capt. at Aubern. That means something. Best Center in the draft. Great combination of power and technique. Body frame is just right for Center and wins on leverage. Able to get to second level with ease. Could be a way to save money at the Center position in a year or two.
60) Hayes Pullard USC OLB43 6’1/ 240
Mel’s Take- Ran a 4.78 at Combine. Better football player than track star. Is a playmaker and shows great ability in both coverage and rushing the passer. Is able to shed blocks and has above average. Would be a very solid pick up for the Panthers in early Third Round if there.
61) Bendarick McKinney Miss. St. ILB 6’5/250
Mel’s Take- Ideal size and good speed. Ran a 4.78 at Combine. Has a long ways to go though as he relies on his natural abilities rather than technique and will struggle when facing folks as talented as he is. I see him as a contributor but not starter right away. Situational player to start. Probably not needed in Carolina with Luke. But if he fell he is too talented to not consider.
62) Lorenzo Mauldin Louisville DE 6’4/256
Mel’s Take- Ran a 4.85 40 at the Combine which may drop him a little. GREAT story and great kid that grew up in Foster care. Very solid and explosive DE with good hand positioning and quick to the edge. Has to get stronger to be an every down player in the NFL and able to set the edge. If there at 57, he has to be considered.
63) Eric Kendricks UCLA LB 6’0/230
Mel’s Take- Ran a 4.61 at the Combine. Only 19 reps though on the bench. Very instinctive player that is patient and works his way through “garbage” to be at the right place at the right time. Explosive and quick. Two downsides are 1- not optimal size at 6’0 and 2- is a bit “handsy” in coverage which is not tolerated in the NFL. Would be an upgrade over AJ Klein for sure.
64) Rashad Green FSU WR 6’0/ 180
Mel’s Take- Helped himself at Combine with a respectable 4.53 40. Excellent route runner and consistency. Lacks the size and top-end speed to be elite but is quick and able to beat press coverage. FSU's All-Time leading receiver. Would be a very strong addition to the Panthers Receiving Corps.