Panthers trade up for Zach Wilson in 7-round mock NFL Draft

(George Frey/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports) Zach Wilson
(George Frey/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports) Zach Wilson /
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(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) Tyson Campbell /

Round 3 (Pick No. 65)

Tyson Campbell – CB (Georgia)

Things might not be as clear-cut as one first expected with the Carolina Panthers and their options at cornerback. Donte Jackson looked every bit a No. 1 option once a toe injury had been fully resolved, but they could use another strong cover presence on the opposite side of the field to improve the team’s chances of a potential postseason push next time around.

Troy Pride Jr. and Stantley Thomas-Oliver don’t seem ready for this after going through some complications during their rookie campaign. Rasul Douglas’ regression was evident over the second half of the campaign and although Corn Elder impressed in the slot, he is out of contract and may not be trusted to work on the sideline.

If the Panthers cannot find someone at the right price in free agency, then someone with the physical attributes of Tyson Campbell needs to be considered. His quickness over short bursts really stands out and the Georgia prospect is athletic enough to go down the field with opposing receivers.

His body looks NFL-ready and in keeping with what Carolina sought during their recruitment process in the first year of Matt Rhule’s reign. Although he did answer some questions surrounding durability in 2020, it took Campbell some time to find his feet and more will be needed this offseason if the player wants to make an instant impression.