5 biggest Carolina Panthers concerns after the 2022 NFL Draft

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Do the Carolina Panthers have enough pass-rush depth?

Losing Haason Reddick in free agency was almost a given once the Carolina Panthers opted to let the stud pass-rusher test the free-agent market.

This does represent an opportunity for the likes of Yetur Gross-Matos and Marquis Haynes to become more influential next season. But Amare Barno was the only other option the team managed to acquire during the 2022 NFL Draft and he is seen as more of a development project rather than someone that can come in and make an instant impact.

Barno has the athletic attributes that can be progressed. Expecting miracles right away is unrealistic, with the player needing to bulk up and refine his technique during the upcoming offseason program.

At least from the outside looking in, the Panthers could use some additional assistance in this area of the field. Fortunately, they do possess more than enough salary-cap space to bring in a proven veteran capable of making their presence felt right out of the gate.

Gross-Matos could be set for a breakout campaign if given the chance. But the former second-round pick has struggled with injuries and another option should be sought at some stage – preferably before training camp rolls around.