5 prospects Panthers should watch closely at Oregon’s pro day

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Thomas Graham Jr. – CB

There appears to be plenty of talented defensive backs coming out of Oregon this year, which just so happens to be an area of need for the Carolina Panthers. Getting a prolific partner to slot opposite No. 1 cornerback Donte Jackson is a top priority for the remainder of the offseason period and if the organization can do this, it could make all the difference after some eye-catching additions to the front seven.

Thomas Graham Jr. might be a little rough around the edges. But there is a lot to like about his potential value in the mid-rounds if his transition to the next level is a smooth one.

The cornerback has been used primarily on the outside, which is where he’ll probably be best suited in the NFL with average athleticism but decent ball skills. Graham thrives in press coverage thanks to his sufficient length, with an eye-catching technique where the prospect is concerned representing another standout feature of his game that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Graham is solid in press coverage, which Carolina struggled to gain consistency doing in 2020 before Jackson returned from a troublesome toe injury after the bye week. While the prospect does lack what one considers top-end speed, he more than makes up for this with competitiveness and a high football IQ.