Carolina Panthers: Draft Network simulator mock (7 rounds)

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D.J. Wonnum Carolina Panthers
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D.J.Wonnum . player. 87. Pick Analysis. EDGE. South Carolina. 221. Scouting Report

The Carolina Panthers use their final pick on getting themselves some pass-rushing depth in the form of D.J. Wonnum.

The South Carolina product could sit behind Brian Burns and the returning Kawann Short during the early stages of his development. This would aid his transition to the NFL significantly as he is accustomed to a rotational position during his time with the Gamecocks.

One thing Wonnum will need to work on for a prolonged period to get the best out of his ability is strength. This lets him down time and time again, so substantial time in the weight room is required if he is going to make a lasting contribution at the next level.

Wonnum possesses some impressive rushing ability and shows the right sort of athleticism to get around lineman with ease when presented with an opportunity. He will need to work on his pass-rushing repertoire as he tends to get dealt with easily when coming inside.

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There is some solid potential where Wonnum is concerned. Allowing the player to develop areas of his game early might be an option worth considering for the Panthers. If things don’t work out with Short’s return from a serious shoulder injury, then they can address the position with a high-end selection in 2021.