What to expect from the Panthers final three draft picks in 2022

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Amare Barno
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Cade Mays – Carolina Panthers OL

  • No. 199 overall selection

Versatility on the offensive line is something that head coach Matt Rhule values highly. This might be sometimes to his detriment as displayed in 2021 with Brady Christensen’s mismanagement, but it’s a strategy he’s not going away from based on the Carolina Panthers selecting Cade Mays at No. 199 overall.

Mays has the scope to play anywhere across the offensive line interior. He has experience at either guard spot and can also fill in at center if the situation calls for it.

Another thing Mays has going for him is high-end physical traits. The Tennessee product has all the height and length normally associated with NFL players – something else that Rhule takes heavily into account.

Mays is a solid run blocker that can hold his own against the pass. But his footwork wouldn’t be classed as stellar, which leaves him susceptible to speedier rushers and needs work.

This is nothing more than a development project for the Panthers. Mays needs to be brought on gradually and if things go well, then a spot on the depth chart later on in the campaign cannot be ruled out.

One suspects this pick might have been Jamaree Salyer, Georgia’s dominant lineman who dropped significantly before going to the Los Angeles Chargers.