5 prospects linked to the Panthers in way-too-early 2023 mock drafts

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Tigers . MYLES MURPHY. 9. player. 879. . DT

Carolina Panthers linked with Myles Murphy

  • Defensive Line | Clemson
  • No. 9 overall (Walter Football)

The Carolina Panthers extended their streak of never selecting a prospect from nearby Clemson during the 2022 NFL Draft. They even resisted the temptation to bring in Justyn Ross in undrafted free agency, which is such an unfortunate turn of events for a wide receiver with a suspect medical history and a ton of ability.

However, WalterFootball.com projects the Panthers to change their stance on Tigers’ players in 2023, mocking stud defensive lineman Myles Murphy to Carolina at No. 9 overall.

This would provide them with a sensational defensive tackle tandem of Murphy and Derrick Brown, who is entering a crucial third season where he is expected to break out if everything goes according to plan.

"“With no quarterback worth taking, the Panthers can bolster their defensive line by adding a stud to play next to Derrick Brown. Myles Murphy has immense potential as a 3-4 defensive end in the NFL, but can also play in the 4-3.”"

Murphy will be a key cog in a Clemson defense that is expected to be among college football’s best next season. He has the versatility to play anywhere across the defensive front, notching 25 tackles for loss and 12 sacks over his two seasons so far.