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

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Carolina Panthers could trade up into Day 2

There are no two ways about it, the management of the Carolina Panthers’ 2022 draft picks has been a real cause for concern. The reactionary move to bring in C.J. Henderson at the expense of a third-rounder has so far paid little dividends, and frankly the less said about the Sam Darnold trade, the better.

Sending a second-round pick for a player who had put out some of the worst film in his three years in the league was criminal. All this means for the entirety of Friday, the Panthers do not have a selection.

It’s hard to imagine this will remain the case.

You’d imagine Scott Fitterer will find some way to get back into Day 2. One option for this is trading up somehow.

This could be done by using the Panthers’ 2023 picks, but this could simply cause Carolina to be in similar trouble in 12 months.

Another option is the Panthers using that fourth-round pick and later selections to move up in the round and then moving up into Day 2 that way.

With this draft being touted as one where Day 2 is the place to find some serious talent, the Panthers need to find a way back into this area. With needs at linebacker and defensive end, this is the perfect class for Carolina to find players to fill those holes.

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But the Panthers’ draft strategy is a mystery. What they do over the next few days remains to be seen, but strap yourselves in because it promises to be a hectic weekend.