4 final thoughts ahead of the Carolina Panthers 2022 NFL Draft

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Carolina Panthers must take one of the top-three OTs

Much has been made about the quarterback position and the need for stability. But it’s also worth remembering another key position on offense has suffered constant capitulation since the days of All-Pro Jordan Gross.

The left tackle spot rapidly became a source of great frustration when Gross decided to retire. Relying on underperforming veterans way past the peak of their powers has gone on long enough, which is why the Carolina Panthers must strongly consider selecting a potential franchise blindside protector if one of the top-three prospects falls to No. 6 overall.

Whether they will is another matter. Charles Cross, Ikem Ekwonu, and Evan Neal are all hot commodities and the drop-off between these and the next tier does appear to be pretty large when it’s all said and done.

Adding any of these prospects to an offensive line that also consists of Bradley Bozeman, Austin Corbett, Brady Christensen, and Taylor Moton would give Carolina a tremendous opportunity for a significant upgrade in performance for whoever is under center.

If none of these prospects are still around, it would be a disaster. Although unlikely considering the expected run on edge rushers early on, it cannot be ruled out entirely and is something the Panthers have to be ready for when the time comes.