The most overrated player on each Panthers NFC South rival in 2022

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Paulson Adebo – DB

The New Orleans Saints have high hopes for young cornerback Paulson Adebo after he flashed real promise as a rookie in 2021. There were times of struggle, which isn’t unexpected for first-year players at the position, but a big leap is anticipated by those within the organization this time around.

Adebo is a physically imposing individual that caught the eye considerably at Stanford before entering the league. He notched 66 tackles, eight passes defended, and three interceptions last season, but conceded 61.8 percent of targets thrown his way.

New Orleans has strengthened its secondary despite being $80 million over the cap before free agency. Tyrann Mathieu and Marcus Maye are two prominent veteran safeties that will help a gifted cornerback unit, which only heightens expectations further about what Adebo could bring from a starting berth.

This should not concern the Carolina Panthers all that much. But it’s vital every wide receiver aside from the ultra-consistent D.J. Moore bounces back in a big way to avoid further complications.

Despite what people might tell you, the Panthers should go after Adebo early and often when they come up against the Saints. This could make all the difference in the pursuit of gaining ground on their divisional foes.