Which rookies can Phil Snow rely on?
Phil Snow will be working with plenty of exciting rookies thanks to the Carolina Panthers allocating every 2020 NFL Draft pick on this side of the ball. This was something that was more than welcome given their lack of depth. But it will be up to the defensive coordinator to find out which one he will be able to rely on from the outset.
There are no such questions surrounding Derrick Brown. The No. 7 overall pick has been one of the stars of training camp so far. And this has only heightened expectations regarding his ability to make a telling contribution during his rookie campaign.
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Another who is expected to feature heavily early and often is Jeremy Chinn. The versatile defensive back is a coaches’ dream thanks to his supreme athleticism and versatility. But where Snow plans to use the former Southern Illinois standout is uncertain.
Pass-rushing specialist Yetur Gross-Matos and cornerback Troy Pride Jr. could get plenty of game time if their initial performances at camp continue to impress. Seventh-round selection Stantley Thomas-Oliver III has also caught the eye despite his lack of experience playing cornerback. And he could be one of the more surprising players on the early rotation.
Bravvion Roy and Kenny Robinson are seen as development projects next season. This should do their chance of forging a long-term career in the NFL the world of good.
Snow’s task will be to identify which rookies are ready for the stiffest of challenges awaiting them in 2020. But it would be a surprise if most, if not all, of their draft selections end up featuring prominently.