5 biggest Carolina Panthers concerns after the 2022 NFL Draft

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What are the biggest remaining concerns facing the Carolina Panthers following the organization’s efforts during the 2022 NFL Draft?

The dust has now settled regarding the 2022 NFL Draft and the Carolina Panthers are now focusing their attention on a crucial upcoming offseason program. Those in power did a nice job of finding the right recruits in problem areas, but it’s now a big challenge for the coaching staff to get these players up to speed before the new season begins.

Although there does appear to be a little more optimism within the fanbase after a strong period of recruitment this offseason, expectations for a potential playoff push should be tempered given what we’ve seen from the Panthers under Matt Rhule so far.

The former Baylor man is under enormous pressure to finally start steering Carolina’s ship on the right track in 2022. Team owner David Tepper remains confident in Rhule, but that might not be the case for much longer if the Panthers do not make the adjustments needed where it counts.

Without further ado, here are the five biggest remaining concerns facing the Panthers following the 2022 draft.

Concern No. 1

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Who will the Carolina Panthers start at LG?

The Carolina Panthers got lucky early in the draft when the No. 1 player on their board somehow fell out of the top five and into their laps. Ikem Ekwonu is set to finally give the organization a stable presence at left tackle – something that’s been severely lacking ever since Jordan Gross decided to walk away from the game eight years ago.

This will improve the Panthers’ blindside presence. But who plays next to Ekwonu at left guard remains a slight concern despite the encouraging signs Brady Christensen displayed during his mismanaged rookie campaign.

Christensen is set to get a shot at the position. However, the likes of Cam Erving, Pat Elflein, Deonte Brown, and Michael Jordan will also fancy their chances with a strong training camp.