Nov 3, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers tackle Byron Bell (77) is introduced before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers' Byron Bell moving to left tackle

The Carolina Panthers will enter the NFL Draft with the 28th overall pick in the very first round. They’ll pick ahead of the New England Patriots, depending on if they trade up or not.

They experienced some key losses during the off-season, losses that featured long-time wide receiver Steve Smith. Smith left for the Baltimore Ravens, who will be lining up across Torrey Smith. Back to Carolina.

Head coach Ron Rivera is convinced that Byron Bell will be a lot better moving from the right side of the offensive line, to the left according to ESPN’s David Newton. Newton also says that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Panthers draft a tackle that could compete with Nate Chandler for right tackle duties.

Left tackle Jordan Gross retired from the National Football League after 11 years with the Carolina Panthers. Gross, 33, was drafted by the Panthers eighth overall during the 2003 NFL Draft out of the University of Utah.

They lost a three time pro bowler (last was in 2013) and hope that Bell can step up and take care of business. If not, Cam Newton will be having to tuck the ball and run. Not like he’ll be against that.

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