Realistic career expectations for every Panthers 2022 draft pick

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Cade Mays – Carolina Panthers OL

After taking an offensive tackle with the No. 6 overall selection, the Carolina Panthers didn’t bring in another offensive linemen until the sixth round when they utilized No. 199 on versatile prospect Cade Mays.

Mays is definitely a project but has the potential to be a solid run-blocking lineman. With experience playing every position on the line, the former Tennessee standout could make a long career for himself just by that versatility, which the Panthers could very well use.

Overall polishing of Mays needs to be addressed and might take some time. But he seems like a talent that should at least make the 53-man roster for offensive line depth this year.

Some of the techniques that need working on are his pass-blocking ability, hand movements, and footwork. After seeing the potential and first-year success of last year’s sixth-round pick, Deonte Brown, Mays could become the next offensive lineman to surprise and raise eyebrows.

It will take some time, obviously.

Fortunately for the Panthers, they have made bolstering their offensive line a top priority this offseason. This takes the pressure off someone like Mays and gives Carolina the option of bringing the player along at his own pace under the expert guidance of offensive line coach James Campen.

Realistic career expectation: Offensive line depth piece over the next few years.