5 non-quarterback prospects the Panthers should monitor in 2023

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Carolina Panthers should monitor Gervon Dexter

This is a huge upcoming season for Derrick Brown. The former first-round pick has shown flashes of some elite quality over his first two years on the Carolina Panthers, but now is the time for him to step up and make a considerable leap despite being one of the most double-teamed defensive tackles anywhere in the league.

If Brown manages to achieve this, it might also be worth the Panthers looking towards the 2023 draft in pursuit of a long-term partner for the Auburn product.

Hopes remain high that Daviyon Nixon and Phil Hoskins can make the necessary improvements. But there is just no telling for sure and finding a contingency plan will be of critical importance.

Gervon Dexter looks like a player of enormous promise. He is a supreme physical specimen that thrived against the run at Florida last season, with the lineman also showing a real willingness to create pressure when opportunities arise.

Dexter has the tools that should compliment Brown well from the outside looking in. There will be more responsibility on his shoulders in 2022 with the Gators and if the prospect can develop further, then he could force himself into first-round consideration.

Carolina has invested heavily in its defensive front from a draft perspective in recent years. Something they might be willing to do again for a player like Dexter.