For a team that won the NFC South with a 12-4 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the Carolina Panthers face a lot of uncertainty. The offensive line could have only one starter (center Ryan Kalil) who will be at the same position he was at the end of last season with the retirement of left tackle Jordan Gross. The Nos. 2, 3, and 4 receivers are free agents and there are questions whether No. 1 receiver Steve Smith, 34, will be back. The secondary is in flux as well with three-fourths of last year’s starting group unsigned. The draft will be huge in terms of the line and receiving corps. Look for general manager Dave Gettleman to take the same path he did a year ago in signing one-year deals for bargain prices with little room to play with under the salary cap.
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