Sack projections for the Panthers’ top 8 pass-rushers in 2020

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Carolina Panthers Player No. 3: Yetur Gross-Matos – EDGE

There is plenty for intrigue surrounding second-round pick Yetur Gross-Matos. The former Penn State pass-rusher is tremendously gifted athletically. And if he can make further improvements at the next level, then the Carolina Panthers are going to have a tremendous player on their hands.

Gross-Matos fell into Carolina’s lap at No. 38 overall. And general manager Marty Hurney even considered the possibility of moving back into the first round to ensure they got the player.

This stroke of good fortune might pay dividends in the long run. But even though there doesn’t appear to be much pressure on Gross-Matos making an immediate impression. There is no denying this is a realistic possibility if everything clicks into place right away.

The rookie has supreme explosiveness that should make a smooth transition to the NFL. He does need to add more moves to his pass-rushing repertoire. But having the player come in as a rotational rusher either as a defensive end or at outside linebacker is something that is expected to be utilized heavily by coordinator Phil Snow.

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Gross-Matos was hugely productive during his time with the Nittany Lions. This resulted in 18.5 sacks, 36.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and 64 solo tackles during his three-spell in college. If he can replicate this sort of form in a professional environment, then the sky is the limit.

Prediction: 6.5 sacks