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2017 Carolina Panthers Draft Needs

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the biggest draft needs of the 2017 Carolina Panthers in my opinion. Number one is offensive tackle on either or both sides. That is not saying the Panthers will take a tackle in the first round. Dave Gettleman does not value offensive tackles, says he won't reach for one and this isn't a good class of them.

Still I would like to see a Dave Gettleman double tap at offensive tackle in this draft. He drafted defensive tackles back to back with Star and Short, and last year triple tapped 3 cornerbacks in the draft.

The 2nd biggest draft need for the Panthers is a pass rushing defensive end. This position could be the pick in the first round by the Carolina Panthers. Look for the team to address running back, tight end and maybe wide receiver as well in the 2017 NFL draft. 

Week 16 NFL Game Predictions

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These are my free NFL game predictions for week 16 of the 2016 season. These football picks are suitable for your office football pool. I don't do a specific NFL point spread pick but do offer a score prediction made early in the week.

Free week 16 NFL Picks

1 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Giants win on a short road trip, 27 to 14.

2 Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

I like the Bills to win at home 17 to 13.

3 Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

Titans win 24 to 20.

4 Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

Double check and the boys win on the frozen tundra, 20 to 14.

5 San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns

My week 16 NFL prediction is the Chargers win 27 to 17.

6 Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears

I like the Redskins to win 24 to 20.

7 Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Falcons beat my Panthers 24 to 17.

8 Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders

Raiders win 35 to 31.

9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Saints upset the Buccaneers 31 to 27.

10 Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks win 24 to 20.

11 San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams

I like the Rams to win 20 to 14.

12 Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans

Texans win 23 to 21 over the Bengals

13 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

I like the Steelers at home 27 to 24.

14 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs win 24 to 20.

15 New York Jets at New England Patriots

Patriots win 27 to 17.

16 Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys win 28 to 27.

Former North Carolina Central football star Ty Brown has passed away

Ty Brown

Former North Carolina Central University  football player Ty Brown has passed away. The Newton Conover (NC) high school graduated played at North Carolina Central 2011-2014. Brown played linebacker and defensive end at North Carolina Central.

"Ty was a great man, teammate, and Eagle," said NCCU head coach Jerry Mack. "He was one of our leaders from the 2014 championship season. I will always remember Ty Brown as the ultimate teammate that would do anything for his brothers. My heart is heavy; he will truly be missed."

Ty Brown age 24 had been planning to go into law enforcement and had just passed his final examination in basic law enforcement. Brown was killed in an automobile accident. Brown had tryouts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers after playing at North Carolina Central.

Ty Brown's father, Danny Brown is a football coach at West Iredell high school in North Carolina. Danny Brown and I went to high school and played a year or two of football together. My condolences to the family and many friends of Ty Brown.