5 second-round prospects the Panthers could draft in 2020
Jaylon Johnson – CB (Utah)
Jaylon Johnson has all the makings of a shutdown cornerback in the NFL. His athleticism is off the charts and if he can refine certain elements of his play then he is destined for greatness.
The Utah prospect has sensational reactions and is able to go downfield with a receiver with ease. He is also adept at going over the middle and reacting to cuts quickly on intermediate routes.
Johnson has great ball skills and is accomplished in playing with his back to the ball in coverage. His competitive toughness makes up for his relative lack of length most of the time. But he does have a tendency to get beaten at the highest point against bigger receivers.
He is more than a match physically on the line of scrimmage and Johnson also finishes his tackles well. There is an enormously high upside with a player that is not expected to get out of the first 50 picks in the NFL Draft.
The Carolina Panthers are in desperate need of secondary help heading into 2020. A scheme friendly prospect like Johnson is an intriguing option that could become a day-one starter for the franchise.
Rookie cornerbacks tend to come with their fair share of struggles during the early stages of their development. Johnson could fall into this particular category. But it should not take away from his long-term potential.