Panthers GM Gettleman: Draft Needs Are OT, WR, CB

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- General manager Dave Gettleman says the Panthers want a left tackle to protect Cam Newton's blindside and a young wide receiver for the Pro Bowl quarterback to throw to this season.

Gettleman also says cornerback is an area of need as Carolina prepares for the May 8-10 NFL draft.

But the second-year GM said Tuesday in a pre-draft press conference the Panthers won't stretch to fill any of those needs if the right player isn't available.

Gettleman says, "When you make up your mind to take a position because of need, more often than not you're going to make a mistake."

The Panthers have the 28th pick in this year's draft.They're looking to replace recently released wide receiver Steve Smith and left tackle Jordan Gross, who retired in February.


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