Carolina Panthers: DB power rankings as training camp begins

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Troy Pride Jr., Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers Player No. 6: Troy Pride Jr. (CB)

The Carolina Panthers waited until the fourth round to take a cornerback in the NFL Draft. But they might have struck gold with former Notre Dame standout Troy Pride Jr.

He might be a little raw in terms of development. But Pride Jr. possesses elite speed that could prove highly useful at the next level providing it is harnessed in the right way.

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Carolina Panthers Player No. 5: Juston Burris (S)

Juston Burris was an eye-catching free-agent pickup by the Panthers this offseason. The player arrives with the organization on a two-year, $8 million deal. But whether he can secure a starting job will ultimately come down to how the coaching staff plans to use Jeremy Chinn during the early stages of his development.

There is nothing to suggest that Burris cannot make his presence felt next season. And the presence of two talented rookies fighting for playing time should also bring an increased sense of urgency.

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Carolina Panthers Player No. 4: Eli Apple (CB)

This season is the biggest in Eli Apple’s career. The Panthers gave him one more chance to prove his worth as a starting-caliber cornerback. And what transpires over the next few months will go a long way to determining his aspirations going forward.

Apple has all the athletic traits one looks for in a quality corner. But his decision making has cost him at times. Teams have picked on this considerably over the last two seasons. And this is a trend that might continue in 2020.