2). Drafting a top cornerback
The only good and consistent player at cornerback for the Panthers is Donte Jackson but he can’t keep doing it all on his own. The second top priority that the Panthers need to address in this year’s draft is at cornerback.
It’s no secret that the NFL is a passing league these days as if your defense doesn’t have a solid secondary, you’re going to get torched early and often against high-octane passing offenses. Ideally, it would benefit the Panthers to target the best available cornerback in Rounds 2-3 of this year’s draft.
It wouldn’t be surprising if the Panthers double-down in this year’s draft and grab two cornerbacks just to solidify the positional group. If the Panthers can get someone to complement Jackson as well as add good depth, they might be a complete and competitive group sooner rather than later.
Fix the cornerback situation and that will easily keep the Panthers in games that are close. This was a huge area they’ve been failing at over the last few years as now it’s time to address this once and for all.