4 ways the Carolina Panthers could acquire more draft capital in 2022

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Carolina Panthers could trade back from No. 6

The top five picks will more than likely have a real impact on whether or not the Carolina Panthers select at No. 6 overall. All signs from well-sourced reports suggest those in power will draft one of the elite left tackles, something that is sorely needed given another season with almost no consistency.

However, there is a chance that the top prospects in Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu, and Charles Cross are all off the board by the time the Panthers select. This leaves them in a dilemma.

Do they go “best player available” on one of the stud edge rushers still available?

Or do they swing on a quarterback like Malik Willis?

The best option in this scenario is to trade back.

To be clear I believe the Panthers will select either of the three aforementioned tackles if they are available. If not, however, trading back is a serious option.

The fact Carolina has no Day 2 picks is something of a concern and this would be the perfect opportunity to recoup some of those. Moving back into the teens brings a quarterback into play, with the likes of Kenny Pickett or Matt Corral possibly available.

They may take a top guard prospect like Kenyon Green and take their signal-caller in Round No. 2 with the likes of Sam Howell and Desmond Ridder names to watch.

Scott Fitterer showed a year ago he has the ability to work the draft expertly and is not afraid to draft up or down. With the Panthers not having a single pick until the fourth round after they make their call at No. 6, don’t be surprised at all to see them move back if there is sufficient interest.