5 prospects that could break the Panthers’ Clemson streak in 2023

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Carolina Panthers could draft Trenton Simpson

Finding the right solution to the middle linebacker position since Luke Kuechly retired due to health concerns has been a microcosm of some poor personnel evaluation by Matt Rhule and the Carolina Panthers in key areas. If the likes of Damien Wilson and Cory Littleton cannot stabilize things in 2022, expect this to be one of the team’s top priorities next spring.

If the Panthers decide to look into the next batch of college recruits for Kuechly’s long-term successor, then Trenton Simpson is a name that should be high on the shortlist. The do-it-all defender has first-round qualities and there is a high chance he’ll be one of the opening names called if expectations are reached with Clemson next season.

Simply put, Simpson can do it all. He is a phenomenal sideline-to-sideline presence against the run, can generate pressure at will, and also excels in coverage to further heighten his overall potential.

There are very few – if any – holes in Simpson’s game. Perhaps bulking up slightly upon arriving in the NFL could take his game to new heights, but his patience and aggressiveness have next-level star written all over them.

Carolina’s defense is one or two pieces away from being exceptional. Simpson would be another outstanding contributor to an area that’s missed Kuechly an untold amount.