6 offensive tackles the Panthers could draft in 2020
The Carolina Panthers could use some more offensive line help heading into the NFL Draft, but who should they consider taking?
The offensive line remains an area of mild concern for the Carolina Panthers despite the high-profile acquisition of left tackle Russell Okung. They traded away Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner and need more reliable protection in order to get the most out of their new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
With little financial wiggle room on the Panthers salary cap, any reinforcements are going to have to come from the incoming college recruits. Carolina is in a good position to take one of the better offensive tackles with a high pick. But with so many needs on the defensive side of the ball, a mid-round development project looks more likely.
This might not immediately benefit the franchise unless they find a diamond in the rough that can become a day one starter. What it will give them is additional competition for the likes of Greg Little and Tyler Larsen, who are expected to make another leap forward in 2020.
The Panthers have only eight selections to work with unless they trade down from No.7 to acquire more picks. If they remain steadfast in the top ten, there is no margin for error and can ill-afford to take players who cannot make the better given the expected quality of the NFC South next season.
Giving Bridgewater and All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey better offensive lineman to work with could go a long way to making them one of the NFL’s surprise packages during the next campaign.
Here are six offensive tackles that need consideration later this month.