5 underrated offseason moves the Carolina Panthers made in 2022

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Carolina Panthers drafted Cade Mays

Considering how high-profile many offensive line signings were for the Carolina Panthers this offseason, the addition of Cade Mays went relatively overlooked. However, there is a lot to like about the sixth-round pick’s chances of becoming a potential starter over time.

Mays has the right attitude and has reportedly fit in well over the initial stages of workouts. He is a no-nonsense figure that might not be blessed with the greatest athleticism, but the Tennessee product more than makes up for this with smart football instincts, solid technique, and strong leadership qualities.

Nobody is expecting Mays to come in and start right away. But if he catches the eye during training camp then a prominent role on the rotation could be within reach.

This would be a big step in the right direction for Mays, who comes into the league with some concerns about footwork and pass-blocking technique. He does possess the versatility to operate anywhere on the interior and even at right tackle, but much will depend on how quickly the lineman brings on problem areas under James Campen.

Finding late-round contributors is something that Carolina has managed to do effectively under the current regime. Mays could add his name to the list if everything goes well in the coming months.