The upcoming 2020 NFL Draft will be a crucial element to the rebuilding efforts of the Carolina Panthers. They hold the No. 7 selection in the draft order and have a variety of different paths they could go with it.
A thought some NFL analysts had about the Panthers at the start of the offseason was they could select a quarterback in the first round after moving on from Cam Newton. That only intensified after general manager Marty Hurney told Justin Herbert ‘good job’ after throwing at his Pro Day.
It was expected the Panthers would move on from Cam Newton but their execution in free agency caught the attention of many. They signed former New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to replace Newton before actually officially parting with the 2015 NFL MVP.
After signing Bridgewater, the Panthers continued to work on bolstering their offensive attack. They furthered their efforts by signing former New York Jets wide receiver Robbie Anderson to provide a deep-threat element to Matt Rhule’s offense.
The focus the Panthers will have when they’re on the clock at No. 7 will likely be on the defense. Not only did they underwhelm in that general area during the 2019 season, they lost plenty of the key players that were actually producing results.
With that being said, there are three main prospects currently projected to the Panthers in recent NFL mock drafts.