Carolina Panthers No. 72: Assessing Taylor Moton’s market value

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Taylor Moton
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Taylor Moton, Carolina Panthers
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Taylor Moton’s production with the Carolina Panthers

There is a lot to like about the way Taylor Moton has applied himself since he arrived with the Carolina Panthers as a second-round pick out of Western Michigan in 2017. The player made his presence felt from the word go. And he can now be described as an indispensable member of the offensive line after only two seasons as a starter.

Moton caught the eye during his limited time on the field in his rookie year. He earned an impressive 70.6 grade from Pro Football Focus despite playing just 63 snaps.

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A dominant training camp in 2018 meant he was named as a starter at right tackle. And it’s safe to say that Moton made the most out of his opportunity in a more prominent position.

He was a tremendous force on the line of scrimmage. And demonstrated the sort of power and foot speed that is associated with every great lineman throughout history. Moton gave up just two sacks and six penalties from 1,054 snaps, which earned him a superb grade of 76.6 from the analyzers at PFF.

Moton continued to trend on an upward curve despite the Panthers going through plenty of problems on their offensive line. This was not helped by hesitant quarterback play from Kyle Allen, Cam Newton, and Will Grier. But the right tackle was probably the only one to emerge with any sort of credit.

Although he did give up five sacks and six penalties, Moton did perform well and there is plenty of cause for encouragement for a player that has yet to enter his prime.