3 draft prospects generating late buzz for the Carolina Panthers in 2022

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Carolina Panthers could draft Charles Cross

  • Offensive Tackle | Mississippi State

Charles Cross has generated some significant momentum at just the right time. The Mississippi State product comes into the league as arguably the best left tackle in this class and providing his transition goes according to plan, he is a Day 1 starter with Pro Bowl or better potential.

Cross is someone that would undoubtedly help the Panthers, who have been craving blindside consistency ever since Jordan Gross retired eight years ago. They do have an obvious need at quarterback, but passing on a stud left tackle is a hard sell based on what transpired last season.

According to Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network, many in league circles believe Cross won’t make it past the Panthers at No. 6 and he might even go much higher than that when it’s all said and done.

"“Charles Cross is the top offensive tackle on some boards around the league, and many teams rate him ahead of Evan Neal. No one I spoke with expects Cross to get past the Carolina Panthers at No. 6.”"

This would be music to many fans’ ears. Although one suspects it won’t matter all that much to Carolina so long as one of the top-three offensive tackles is still around at No. 6.

Any represents an upgrade on what Carolina’s churned out at the position over the years. It would also give them improved production at left guard if Brady Christensen is shifted inside.