What under-the-radar cornerbacks could the Carolina Panthers potentially select during what promises to be a fascinating 2022 NFL Draft?
The Carolina Panthers’ cornerback room lost Stephon Gilmore in free agency, who was arguably their most talented member of the group last season when the All-Pro was on the field. Something that was fleeting, but will be hard to replace despite the talent available.
Defenses have begun to run more five, and even six defensive back looks in the NFL’s ever-increasing pass-happy world. That means that having a large number of quality cornerbacks is crucial to the success of the defense and ultimately, the success of a team in today’s league.
Jaycee Horn, who was Carolina’s first-round selection in 2021, missed most of last season due to injury. His return is like having an extra top-end pick coming into the Panthers and should help enormously.
Scott Fitterer describes C.J. Henderson as essentially being their third-round pick this season after securing him from the Jacksonville Jaguars. And the newly extended Donte Jackson will always make an impact on the game.
Other players like Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, Troy Pride Jr., Keith Taylor Jr., and others are decent depth behind the starting three. But any added talent to the cornerback room would be a boost.
With this in mind, which cornerback prospects could the Panthers potentially target to boost depth even further during the 2022 NFL Draft?