Carolina Panthers should not dare consider trading up in NFL Draft

(Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) Marty Hurney
(Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) Marty Hurney /

As the Carolina Panthers prepare for what awaits in the 2020 NFL Draft, general manager Marty Hurney should not dare consider trading up in the first round.

It’s no secret that the Carolina Panthers are in full rebuild mode to hopefully make the necessary changes to become a winning franchise again. It won’t be easy but general manager Marty Hurney has already begun making those tough decisions and so far this offseason, things are looking a bit better for the future.

When it comes to the 2020 NFL Draft, at this point in time, the Panthers have the No. 7 overall pick. They addressed a few of their needs this offseason at quarterback, wide receiver, and even their offensive line. It remains to be seen how all these moves pan out but for now, the Panthers’ offense is looking a lot better than last year.

In the grand scheme of things, the biggest area of need for the Panthers is easily on their defensive line. It makes sense that when the Panthers are on the clock, they take the best available defensive lineman to bolster that part of the team. Especially one that specializes in stopping the run as that was an area that was exploited heavily last season.

The Carolina Panthers should not trade up in the 2020 NFL Draft

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But what if Hurney and company have a player on their draft board they can’t afford to lose at all? You know, one of those once-in-a-generation players they feel can come right into their organization and deliver immediate results? An impact player who they feel they need to trade up in order to not miss out on?

In no way, shape, or form should Hurney consider trading up in this year’s draft. Now, if they didn’t have a clear answer at quarterback, one could make the argument that sure, they should trade up to land one. That isn’t the case at all as they signed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater via free agency is who was brought in to execute under center.

The way the first round draft order is set up, the Panthers, staying at No. 7, should be able to definitely land one of the top defensive linemen available. There is no reason to trade up as doing so will mean the Panthers have to part ways with several draft picks as it’s a huge no-no when you’re trying to rebuild.

The Panthers need to keep their draft picks and not give them away just to move up a few spots in the first round. Regardless of how the first six picks end up, the Panthers are in a more than good situation at No. 7 to draft a high-quality defensive lineman that addresses their biggest roster need.

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Overall, the Panthers should keep their No. 7 overall pick and do things the right way. They aren’t in a position to trade up as they need to keep their draft capital and use this year’s draft class towards rebuilding for the future. They have multiple areas to fix and will need all their draft picks to do their best to address as many as they can this year.