5 non-quarterback prospects the Panthers should monitor in 2023
By Dean Jones
Carolina Panthers should monitor Trenton Simpson
The Carolina Panthers have never selected a prospect from Clemson in almost three decades. However, considering the talent situated on the Tigers’ defense in 2022, that is something that could change next year.
Finding a long-term successor to Luke Kuechly has been a tough task for the Panthers since the legendary figure announced his retirement. Whether the team’s current options can perform adequately enough during the upcoming campaign is debatable and much will also be dependent on how quickly fourth-round selection Brandon Smith can start harnessing his exceptional athletic traits in a positive manner.
Just in case things don’t work out yet again, the Panthers should monitor the progress of Trenton Simpson when the college season begins. The linebacker boasts outstanding physical attributes and also has the natural instincts to make things happen on a three-down basis.
Simpson is a dominant force against the run, has no trouble generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks, is a strong communicator at the second level, and also holds his own in coverage situations. Simply put, he has every attribute needed to become extremely productive in the pros.
There is a lot to like about Simpson’s potential to become an NFL alpha. If the Panthers are still looking for help in this area of the field, then the player should be high on their list of options.