5 non-quarterback prospects the Panthers should monitor in 2023

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Carolina Panthers should monitor Jaxon Smith-Njigba

D.J. Moore got a bumper new deal from the Carolina Panthers this offseason, which was richly deserved. Something that could look pretty cheap compared to what other wide receivers were paid later on in the process.

Moore is a gifted player that is only going to benefit from improved consistency under center. Whether that comes or not is yet to be determined and there are also some severe questions surrounding other pass-catching weapons within the organization after they flattered to deceive in 2021.

If the same trend continues next season, then it would force Carolina into finding a long-term partner for Moore that could even have a similar impact on proceedings. Someone like Jaxon Smith-Njigba would fit the bill and if his number remains unaltered at Ohio State next season, he could enter top-10 consideration as a result.

Smith-Njigba was virtually unstoppable last season, securing 95 receptions for 1,606 receiving yards, nine touchdowns, and a yards-per-catch average of 16.9.

It’s not hard to see why there is an enormous sense of anticipation about what the wideout could potentially accomplish as a junior with C.J. Stroud. This could also have implications for the quarterback being the first to hear his name called in 2023.