Kaleb McGary would sure up the Panthers offensive line
The Panthers would be wise to take a flyer on him.
Kaleb McGary may be the answer to the Carolina Panthers problems on the offensive line. In an area where the Panthers did the best they could with what they had, there was undoubtedly still room for improvement. McGary certainly would be an upgrade at some of the offensive line spots.
When you watch his highlights, right away you see that one of his greatest strengths is being able to get the upper hand on his man. Once the ball is snapped, he squares up with his man and plants his feet so as to not lose balance. He then uses that position to drive his man back and create either a pocket for the quarterback or running lanes for the running back.
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All things considered, the Panthers did the best they could with the line they had. As preseason began, injuries were mounting on the line, and it looked like Cam Newton would be running for his life. Although there were several games where the line could have used some more work, they certainly held their own They only gave up 32 sacks on the year, which ranked them No. 26 in the entire National Football League. That was without key members of the unit such as Daryl Williams.
McGary could also provide youth to the unit as the Panthers have several players that are aging. Ryan Kalil is now officially retired, and the Carolina Panthers need to get younger there. On a team full of veterans, they now need to begin to rebuild. McGary would be the perfect player to do so as he is truly a force to be reckoned with. Marcel Louis-Jacques wrote about exactly what the Washington product brings to the table, even if it may not be as polished as some of the other prospects.
"He. Is. Huge. The former Husky needs to shore up his pass blocking against speed rushers but at 6-foot-8 and 324 pounds his sheer size has won him his fair share of matchups. If Michaelangelo himself were asked to chisel a left tackle, the statue would probably have a similar physique to McGary’s. It’s possible he could thrive at guard given his power in the run game — but only if he struggles to improve as a blindside protector. There are plenty of defensive ends in Mobile who should test him this week, but he’s worth a mid-to-late round flier."
The one downside is that he struggles with the blindside. However, I can imagine him opening up holes for Christian McCaffrey and that would certainly be an asset to the run game. McCaffrey had a tremendous season in 2018, and with a guy like McGary opening up lanes, CMC could be even better in 2019. The Panthers would be wise to take a look at him as he still is a very intriguing prospect. Sure, he is a little bit raw, but with proper training he could turn out to be a hidden gem of the 2019 NFL Draft.
It is certainly worth a shot. The Panthers need help on the offensive line. McGary can fill that void. Especially as a late round pick, he has a lot of upside. Although the team does not necessarily need a project on the line, this could be a gamble worth taking.