Remember when the Carolina Panthers opened the season 3-0? That was fun, right Panthers fans? 12 losses and a seven-game losing streak later, and the Panthers are locked in a top-10 pick in the Draft de la NFL one more time. With the fan base clamoring for a change in coaching staff, could this 7-round 2022 Mock NFL Draft change the fortunes of the Panthers franchise?
Carolina Panthers 7-round NFL mock draft
For the purposes of this 2022 Panthers 7-Round Mock NFL Draft, we have allowed NFP Mock Draft Simulator with Trades (equipped with the last order of the NFL Draft) to work its magic on selections. They are based on the projected needs of the Panthers in the 2022 NFL Draft, where they currently have only six picks. Let’s analyze how this loot improves Carolina’s future fortune.
Round 1, Choice 6: Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
Given the furor over Matt Rhule’s comments about Rashawn Slater, I’m not convinced Carolina’s current head coach is a big fan of this pick. Despite his versatility as an offensive lineman, Texas A&M’s Verde Kenyon it really belongs inside at the next level. We all know how Rhule feels about using a first-round pick on a guard.
However, there’s no way you’ve watched the Panthers this season and come to any conclusion other than that their offensive line is in shambles. Of course, the quarterback situation hasn’t helped. But it would be bad practice to put a young quarterback behind that line right now.
2022 NFL Mock Draft: Evan Neal, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Kyle Hamilton come out on top
Green’s selection to the Panthers kicks off this 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft with a much-needed rebuild of Carolina’s offensive line. The Texas A&M shooting guard is a ferocious abuser in the running game, and he will pave the way for Christian McCaffrey’s return next season. As a pass protector, he could anchor a boat in a tsunami, so he’ll provide a safe haven for whoever takes the poisoned chalice as the Panthers’ quarterback.
Other alternatives in nº 6: Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi; kyle hamilton, S, Our Lady; Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
Round 4, Selection 105: Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA
As a result of the Sam Darnold and CJ Henderson trades, the Panthers’ next pick in this 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft doesn’t come until the fourth round. UTSA cornerback Lana Tariq is an intriguing prospect with impressive size and speed. Having played the position for just two seasons, he’s a work in progress but has a high ceiling. His athletic profile could see him transition to safety at the next level, a positional necessity for a Panthers secondary that allowed a touchdown on 5% of passing snaps in ’21.
Other alternatives in nº 105: kaleb eleby, QB, Western Michigan; Demani Richardson, S, Texas A&M; Channing Tindall, LB, Georgia
Round 5, Selection 143: Tre Williams, EDGE, Arkansas
While EDGE doesn’t immediately present itself as a necessity for the Panthers, several players on the defensive front could hit free agency before the draft. If they do, that leaves the position group a little thin on the ground. Tre Williams had a career year in his only season with Arkansas, posting 6.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. A quick, flexible 6-foot-5, 255-pound pass-rusher would fit nicely against Brian Burns for the Panthers’ defense.
Other alternatives in nº 143: Cameron Jurgens, C, Nebraska; kennick duncan, S, Lousiville; cade mays, G, Tennessee
Round 5, pick 148: Cole Turner, TE, Nevada
Touchdown passes have been incredibly difficult for the Panthers to come by this season. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars found the end zone fewer times through the air than Carolina’s 14 touchdowns. Cole Turner’s pick in this 2022 Panthers 7-Round NFL Mock Draft. Yeah, Tommy Tremble was drafted last year. However, Turner is a genuine red zone threat who is comfortably one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the class.
Other alternatives in nº 148: Lago Quentin, S, UCLA; Lucas Krull, TE, Pittsburgh; Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
Round 6, Selection 200: James Empey, C, BYU
Having selected Green with their first-round pick, the Panthers double down on the offensive line at the end of this 7-round 2022 Mock NFL Draft. They already drank from the BYU well last year with Brady Christensen, and they’re back again to draft their former teammate. James Empey is a technically impressive center — he’s equally adept as a run blocker and pass protector. The BYU center also displays a high level of football intelligence, which hasn’t always been evident in the Panthers’ lineup this year.
Other alternatives in nº 200: Gerard Wheeler, C, Tulsa; Aqeel Glass, mariscal de campo, Alabama A&M; Nick Cross, S, Maryland
Ronda 7, Pick 251: Jack Coan, QB, Notre Dame
Following his transfer from Wisconsin to Notre Dame, Jack Coan set career highs in passing yards, passing touchdowns and yards per attempt this season. His performances earned him an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. He’s not a dynamic athlete or a particularly strong quarterback. Coan, however, represents a dependable short-range passer who can be trusted to utilize McCaffrey’s receiving ability.
Other alternatives in nº 251: Dawson Deaton, C, Texas Tech; Luke Tenuta, OT, Virginia Tech; troy andersen, LB, Montana