Of all the teams picking near the end of the first round of the NFL Draft (which means, by definition that they were pretty good), the Panthers might have the longest shopping list.

After recovering from a sluggish start to finish a remarkable 12-4, the Panthers began the process of remaking a roster that many thought should have happened a year ago.

They were able to hang onto defensive end Greg Hardy with the franchise tag, but they lost left tackle Jordan Gross to retirement and wide receiver Steve Smith to not wanting him around any more.

They also had pre-existing issues in the secondary and on the offensive line, so it’s mandatory that General Manager Dave Gettleman finds at least three immediate contributors in this draft.