The Carolina Panthers found themselves back in the playoffs last season, where they should be a perennial participant as long as Cam Newton is under center. Three years ago, the Panthers made it all the way to the Super Bowl, but they played terribly during the 2016 campaign. They rebounded nicely in 2017, thanks to the play of Christian McCaffrey, who the team took with their first round pick of a year ago.
In 2018, the team should look to add to the other side of the ball with their first round pick. The safety position in Carolina is hurting, so it would make sense for them to add one during the draft. Justin Reid from Stanford is one of a handful of safety prospects in this draft class that could really have an impact as a rookie in the upcoming season.
Reid has soft hands, and does not mind coming up and laying the big hits. He would slide in perfectly into the Panthers starting lineup, as they defense struggled against the pass at times last season. They have the talent to get back to the playoffs next season, but with nearly the entire NFC South making the postseason last year, they cannot afford to take a step back.