After trading away a young offensive guard, there is speculation that the Carolina Panthers may be attempting to lose on purpose to get Trevor Lawrence next season. On the other hand, the Panthers may be building for the future, so every pick is crucial to the future of this team. Here is my Carolina Panthers’ 2020 Mock Draft:
Round 1, Pick 7
Jeffrey Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State
If Okudah falls to Carolina, this is the pick. James Bradberry may not be a Panther in 2020, and Donte Jackson showed inconsistency at times, so shoring up the secondary is a must. Okudah is the next shutdown NFL corner, who can follow the number one receivers all over the field. This allows the Panthers to be flexible in the secondary.
Round 2, Pick 38
Tyler Biadasz, Offensive Guard, Wisconsin
Tyler Biadasz should go in the first round. But he could fall if things go Carolina’s way. He is an athletic road grader on the line of scrimmage but has struggled in pass blocking at times . His main position is center, but he is versatile enough to play either guard position right away. He could be a great piece along the Panther’s offensive line, protecting the quarterback for years to come, whoever that is.
Round 3, Pick 69
Rashard Lawrence, Defensive Tackle, LSU
Rashard Lawrence is a great value in the third round. He is an ideal 4-3 defensive tackle who will benefit from playing alongside Gerald McCoy and Kawann Short. Lawrence is a stout run defender that will need to add other moves to his pass rush arsenal. All things considered, this is a good project pick that will be expected to get better every year. This is a player who can contribute situationally right away.
Round 4, Pick 113
Patrick Queen, Linebacker, LSU
Carolina should double down on LSU defenders in the mid-rounds, taking Queen. As a prototypical sideline-to-sideline linebacker in the fourth round. He brings good pass coverage to a unit that struggled at it in 2019. Queen will have to adjust to whatever scheme the Panthers decide to use in 2020. Overall, he is a very versatile player. But if there, he is also a great value in the fourth round.
Round 5, Pick 152
Kenny Willekes, Edge, Michigan State
Kenny Willekes is the kind of edge rusher the Panthers need to compliment Brian Burns. He plays a style suited to a strong side end where Burns is more of a weak side end. As a result, if he develops correctly he will form a good duo with Burns for the future.
Round 6, Pick 184
J.R. Reed, Safety, Georgia
The Panthers can land a day one starter in the secondary when they take Reed in the sixth round. He is a complement to the other safeties on the roster by being a strong run defender when the other safeties are more coverage oriented. He will need to improve in coverage to be a complete safety for Carolina but has the potential to be elite.
Round 7, Pick 221
Nick Coe, Edge, Auburn
Nick Coe is another explosive edge rusher that will contribute right away to Carolina’s defense. He is the most versatile defender available at this point, lining up at every position on the defensive line, as well as outside linebacker. He will have to work to make the roster right away, but some time on the practice squad can turn him into a quality role-player.
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