Sources: Panthers interested in Marc Ross

Marc Ross, the Giants' director of college scouting, has emerged as a leading candidate to become the Carolina Panthers' next general manager, league sources told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Ross has been an integral part of the Giants' success in the draft under general manager Jerry Reese. Reese's old boss, former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, is aiding the Panthers' search for a new general manager.

Ross has developed an excellent reputation around the league and and the feeling is his time as a general manager is coming. According to Schefter, another general manager candidate for Carolina is expected to be Raiders player personnel director Joey Clinkscales, who spent years with the Jets before joining Oakland last year.

NFL rules prohibit the Panthers from asking teams for permission to interview candidates until after the season. But Schefter reports Ross will be near the top of the Panthers' wish list, if not at the top of it. The league has taken notice of how the Giants scout and operate after winning two Super Bowls in five seasons.