Carolina Panthers Draft: Kenny Willekes generating late buzz
By Dean Jones
There is plenty of increasing buzz surrounding defensive end Kenny Willekes, who is reportedly high on the Carolina Panthers’ list of possibilities.
The Carolina Panthers could be on the lookout for more pass-rushing depth heading into day two of the 2020 NFL Draft. They have reportedly shown significant interest in Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes during the evaluation process.
According to multiple reports, Willekes held a facetime interview with members of the Panthers’ front office that allowed them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the prospect in the event he ends up on the franchise.
Willekes is a formidable figure who has some good film that NFL teams can call upon. He was a prolific sack machine in college and with a little refinement, the prospect can make a successful transition to the next level.
The Panthers used their No. 7 pick to take defensive tackle, Derrick Brown. But with Matt Rhule’s intention to move back to a 4-3 base in 2020 some additional energy and ability to get to the quarterback is going to be sought after.
They have some good depth that was bolstered in free agency with the arrival of Stephen Weatherly from the Minnesota Vikings. With the return of experienced interior lineman Kawann Short and the expected second-year leap of Brian Burns. This could end up being one of the strongest areas of the roster.
Willekes will need time to adjust to life in the pros. What he does have going for him is a freakish skill set that is going to be a coaches’ dream.