Carolina Panthers avoid QB temptation in 7-round 2022 NFL mock draft

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Darian Kinnard – OL (Kentucky)

It’s no surprise to anyone just how much the Carolina Panthers offensive line has struggled so far this season. Suspect free-agent signings and a lack of focus on quality reinforcements during the 2020 draft brought some significant question marks heading into the campaign – fears that have been realized through the first five games.

Addressing this as their top priority is absolutely essential during the offseason. Good linemen are hard to come by in free agency – and they aren’t cheap – so strengthening their options through the draft is the best and cheapest route to pursue.

Someone like Darian Kinnard ticks all the boxes. He is fast, athletic, strong, and versatile enough to play almost anywhere across the protection.

This positionless player is something Carolina covets. Even if the notion does cause some problems in terms of continuity where the offensive line is concerned.

Many analysts project Kinnard to be a better guard than a tackle when he gets to the next level. Fortunately, the Panthers need a big-time boost in this particular area as John Miller and Dennis Daley simply aren’t up to the required standard.

Kinnard has been sensational for the in-form Kentucky Wildcats this season and his physical attributes will stand out like a sore thumb during the assessment process.