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

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Kalon Barnes – Carolina Panthers CB/KR

The Carolina Panthers have had some success with their seventh-round selections since Matt Rhule became head coach. Stantley Thomas-Oliver III and Phil Hoskins both became members of the 53-man roster and in the defensive tackle’s case, he might have a bigger part to play after flashing real promise in 2021.

Carolina will be hoping things transpire in a similar fashion where Kalon Barnes is concerned. The defensive back is no stranger to Rhule from their time together in college at Baylor and the prospect gained national headlines for a blistering display of speed at the NFL Scouting Combine to further enhance his stock.

This wasn’t enough for Barnes to hear his name called a little earlier. However, his previous relationship with Rhule should serve him well considering the coach knows what he’s capable of better than most.

Barnes is a smooth mover that has quick feet to match his 4.26-second 40-yard dash time. He is perhaps best suited to a zone scheme, but speed alone will not make up for the player’s poor technique at times once he comes up against NFL wide receivers that will punish every mistake.

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Again, this is a raw prospect with exceptional athletic traits. Something the Panthers bet on in a big way over the final two rounds.