Lorenzo Carter – OLB
Another bold move that the Carolina Panthers could make in the trade market is going after Lorenzo Carter. The edge rusher enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2019. And the sky is the limit for the player going forward.
This would come with an astronomical price, but Carter’s talent more than warrants such a gamble. And the outside linebacker position opposite Shaq Thompson is an area that brings a slight concern heading into next season.
Carter’s sophomore season with littered with memorable highlights. His athletic prowess is eye-catching, to say the least. And the player also possesses a relentless motor that gets him into the backfield consistently.
This resulted in the former third-round pick out of Georgia finishing the campaign with 4.5 sacks, 45 combines tackles, 25 solo tackles, five pass deflections, six tackles for loss, and 13 quarterback hits. This earned Carter a 70.7 grade from Pro Football Focus. And it is clear he is only going to get better with more experience under his belt.
Putting Carter on the Panthers’ front seven could get them over the top. They are already blessed with some outstanding pass-rushers on the edge. And these individuals are set to get plenty of space to do damage in 2020 thanks to the presence of returning veteran Kawann Short and No. 7 overall pick Derrick Brown.
The Giants will not want to part ways with one of their primary young defensive playmakers. It would take an extortionate deal to get them to even consider trading Carter. But it would be a game-changer for the Panthers without question.