Improve a pass rush that finished 28th in sacks (29) by signing DE Michael Bennett if the Bucs let him go.... Find a reliable tight end to run intermediate routes and serve as a red-zone target—though there's no replacement for the retiring Tony Gonzalez.... Realize RB Jacquizz Rodgers has more to offer than Michael Turner.
127 Tackles missed by Panthers defenders, fourth most in the NFL.
Outscore opponents. After overspending on linebackers Jon Beason and Thomas Davis, then failing to invest in quality assistants for coach Ron Rivera, this D is DOA (unless it can figure out a way to clone Luke Kuechly). Carolina allowed the third-most plays of 20 yards or more last season.
Trade down from the 14th pick and use a second-rounder on Kentucky guard Larry Warford, a powerful blocker who could ignite the running game.... Bring in a veteran QB—say, Matt Moore or Tarvaris Jackson—who can show Cam Newton how to lead.
7 Interceptions thrown by Drew Brees on deep-pass attempts (20 yards or more), most in the league.