4 things we learned about the Panthers during 2022 NFL Draft

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Carolina Panthers factored in Relative Athletic Scores

Once the Carolina Panthers had solidified their two major holes early in the 2022 NFL Draft, those in power had the luxury of picking players lower down the pecking order with high upside. This is something general manager Scott Fitterer managed to do well last time around, with the likes of Chuba Hubbard, Daviyon Nixon, Keith Taylor Jr., and Phil Hoskins all establishing themselves on the rotation.

Hopefully, the latest batch of college recruits might do the same. But it was another year where the Panthers relied heavily on a particular calculation method that’s becoming increasingly influential across the NFL.

Relative Athletic Score.

This concept was created by Kent Lee Platte and combines testing results and measurements throughout the assessment process to give prospects a score out of 10. Something that is being utilized heavily by NFL teams and was evident throughout the Panthers’ selections during this year’s draft.

Almost every prospect acquired by Carolina had exceptionally high Relative Athletic Scores. Although there are some who are a little raw, these outstanding physical attributes could make them progressive and coachable in equal measure once they get into the building.