On The Prowl 4/22: Pre-Draft Headlines

Stay up-to-date with this weekly roundup of Panthers news from the local and national media.

PRE-DRAFT PRESSER RECAP: Five things we learned from Dave Gettleman and Ron Rivera's pre-draft press conference. READ MORE

POSITIONAL NEEDS: Edgar Salmingo, Jr. of PanthersWire breaks down the Panthers' six biggest needs heading into next week's draft. READ MORE

PANTHERS COULD TARGET TIGHT END: Bill Voth of the Black and Blue Review writes that Carolina could look to add depth behind Greg Olsen in the early rounds of the draft. READ MORE

PFF PROJECTS PANTHERS' BIG BOARD: John Kosko of Pro Football Focus takes a pick-by-pick look at the prospects that best fit the Panthers' needs heading into the 2016 NFL draft. READ MORE

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PANTHERS RESCIND FRANCHISE TAG ON NORMAN:After determining a long-term deal could not be reached, Panthers remove tag and make Pro Bowl cornerback an unrestricted free agent.READ MORE**

NORMAN'S DEPARTURE WON'T CHANGE DRAFT PLANS:Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer recaps the Panther's pre-draft press conference. READ MORE

CAROLINA CHOOSES FINANCIAL FLEXIBILITY OVER NORMAN: The decision to rescind cornerback Josh Norman's franchise tag gives Panthers more cap space to work with as they build for long-term success. READ MORE

STRICKLAND TALKS SCHEDULE:Panthers.com Senior writer Bryan Strickland writes that the return of Kelvin Benjamin should help the Panthers tackle a tough 2016 schedule. READ MORE

NEWTON BACK IN TOWN: Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that Cam Newton is back in town after spending the previous two months in Los Angeles filming his Nickelodeon series. READ MORE

CATTY BANTER: The Jaguars, Panthers, Lions and Bengals made the most of a slow news day by trading cat puns on twitter. READ MORE

MOCK DRAFT REPORT: This week's edition of the mock draft tracker takes a look at "big boards" to see which players come in at No. 30. READ MORE

NFL NETWORK PRAISES PANTHERS:Carolina's continuity has many, including NFL Media's Michael Robinson, believing the Panthers will once again be top contenders in 2016. READ MORE

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