4 CFL players that could interest the Carolina Panthers

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Adam Bighill – LB

Although he has never quite made it in the NFL. Adam Bighill is one of the CFL’s most decorated performers of all-time. The linebacker is a ferocious force at the second level. And this is an area that is relatively uncertain for the Carolina Panthers going forward.

Bighill enjoyed a phenomenal college career at Central Washington on his way to 163 solo tackles, 46 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and seven interceptions from 44 career starts. This was not enough to hear his name called in the 2011 NFL Draft. And the player decided to take his chances in the CFL.

This proved to be a shrewd move from Bighill. His initial stint with the B.C. Lions was nothing short of phenomenal. And it caught the eye of the New Orleans Saints, who picked him up in 2017.

He caught the eye during training camp and preseason games with the Saints. And he was part of the roster for three games before his eventual release the following season.

Bighill subsequently signed by the Edmonton Blue Bombers. And he picked up where he left off in the CFL in no uncertain terms. The linebacker racked up 166 tackles over the last two seasons despite missing four games through injury in 2019. And he was crowned the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2018.

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Even though Bighill might be a little long in the tooth to be considered a hot prospect in the NFL. He has generated enough experience that might be worth a closer look.

He is somewhat undersized for a linebacker at the next level. And this is something that has been a huge factor in Bighill not getting a real chance so far.