3 directions the Carolina Panthers 2020 season can go from here

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Trenton Cannon
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Trenton Cannon /
2 of 4
Carolina Panthers
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Robby Anderson /

The Carolina Panthers continue to struggle and get a top-ten pick

One possibility that the Carolina Panthers might be looking at is a period of struggle. They are missing some key roster members on both sides of the ball through injury, which clearly hampered them against the Bears.

They need individuals such as Christian McCaffrey and Yetur Gross-Matos back at the earliest possible opportunity. There does appear to be some complications surrounding Donte Jackson’s health if Sunday’s game was any indication and the Panthers might also be without the services of Juston Burris on the backend after he was carted off.

This roster simply doesn’t have the strengthen depth to cope. When one considers the big tests coming up for Carolina, they might just end up with a high-end 2021 NFL Draft pick after all.

The Panthers won’t be anything close to getting the chance to select Trevor Lawrence, who appears bound for the moribund New York Jets. But a top-ten pick would give them the opportunity to select a top talent that really fits a problem area.

Names such as Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses and Penn State standout Micah Parsons could be options to fill the void of Luke Kuechly’s absence long-term. Cornerback Patrick Surtain is another possibility and Carolina wouldn’t think twice about drafting Oregon’s left tackle Penei Sewell if given the chance.

This would be the worst-case scenario for the Panthers, but that doesn’t make it any less real.