Carolina Panthers Mock Draft Roundup 2.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Carolina Panthers Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Carolina Panthers from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Panthers:
CBS Sports - Edwards (11/25)
12. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
Carolina is obviously going to make a change at quarterback this offseason so this pick may be earmarked for a quarterback or to be used in a trade for a veteran. In the meantime, they also need to upgrade the protection.
NBC Sports Chicago - Morgan (11/24)
12. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Ok, seriously, what can't Utah's Devin Lloyd do on the football field? Throughout 11 contests this campaign, Lloyd's 91 total tackles tie a single season high; likely, a personal best he should surpass with several games remaining on his schedule. Lloyd's 21 tackles for loss this year matches the combined totals from the past two seasons ( 10 and 11 ) and his six sacks, three interceptions and six passes defended exhibit his all-around effectiveness. Panther fans would say Lloyd's production reminds them of their franchise's greatest linebacker, Luke Keuchly.
NBC Sports Philly - Roche (11/23)
12. Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M
Whether the Panthers stick with Cam Newton 2.0 or go elsewhere, they'll need to protect whomever takes the snaps in their offense. Green has experience on the inside as well as at the tackle spot, and will certainly help a leaky Carolina front.
The Draft Network - Sanchez (11/22)
12. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Matt Rhule and his coaching staff are feeling the pressure to wi--hence the return of Cam Newton. This coaching staff doubles down on their commitment to a scheme with a mobile QB and drafts Malik Willis. Newton will serve as a mentor to Willis as a dual-threat QB. Willis gives the coaching staff a young, talented QB to mold.
PFF - Treash (11/22)
12. Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi
From the accuracy and timing he puts on display on a weekly basis in Lane Kiffin's offense to his big arm and mobility, Corral has placed himself in early-Round 1 conversation. The Ole Miss quarterback has earned a 90.5 and 88.2 PFF grade in each of the last two years and ranks inside the top five quarterbacks in accurate pass rate on throws beyond the line of scrimmage for the 2021 season. In addition, he has not only dealt with injury issues himself, but he has also had to deal with a banged-up wide receiver room.
ESPN - Reid (11/17)
12. Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
The experiment with Cam Newton on a one-year deal could change the Panthers' quarterback outlook, but it doesn't appear as if Sam Darnold is the answer, even though the team picked up his option for next season. Pickett could be a match here, as he has history with Carolina coach Matt Rhule. He was once a Temple commit (2016) while Rhule was leading the program. While constructing the roster, Rhule has shown special attention to players he has coached. Pickett, a fifth-year senior, has made an astronomical rise after he received a midround grade from NFL scouts at the end of last season. A calm distributor -- he has thrown 32 touchdown passes and just four picks this season -- he might not have the arm strength or running ability of some of his counterparts, but his accuracy, decision-making and intangibles could force a team to fall in love with him.
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