Carolina Panthers camp: Predicting winners from 5 key position battles

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Carolina Panthers Battle No. 5: CB 4 and 5

The Carolina Panthers go into the season with Donte Jackson, Eli Apple, and fourth-round pick Troy Pride Jr. as their starting cornerback options. But given the pass-happy nature of the NFL. They will need one or two more to step up and contribute during the campaign.

The No. 4 and 5 options will have a big part to play for the Panthers. They are coming up against some elite passing attacks on the schedule. And there is plenty of uncertainty surrounding this current group.

Natrell Jamerson has all the skills in his locker to be a nice complimentary piece. He will need to prove his reliability from a health perspective. But it is hard not to like the athletic traits he brings to the table.

Carolina also took Stantley Thomas-Oliver III with their seventh-round pick in 2020. The former Florida International star made a hugely impressive transition to cornerback from a wide receiver in college. And even though he might be a little inexperienced. There is nothing to suggest he cannot develop considerably in a professional environment.

Cole Luke and Corn Elder are other strong candidates for the roles. But whether they can show enough during team drills in such a short space of time remains to be seen.

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The likes of Derrek Thomas and Myles Hartsfield are the outsiders on the depth chart. And it is hard to envisage either of them making the 53-man roster.

Prediction: Corn Elder (CB 4), Stantley Thomas-Oliver III (CB 5)