4 EDGE draft prospects the Carolina Panthers should monitor in 2022

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Carolina Panthers should monitor Isaiah Foskey

One thing that has stood out to me throughout summer scouting is how talented and deep the potential EDGE class for the 2023 NFL Draft is. That should excite the Carolina Panthers and the fanbase at the prospect of having a solidified pass rusher opposite Brian Burns.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish enter the college football season as the No. 5 ranked team in the country. They will be led by one of the best pass rushers in the country, senior Isaiah Foskey.

Foskey comes into his senior year having racked up 10 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss, including an impressive six forced fumbles. The estimated 6-foot-5, 26-pound edge defender has the opportunity to establish himself as a potential top-15 prospect with another productive season in South Bend.

As a four-star recruit from California, Foskey’s athleticism is one of his standout traits. He offers superb lateral agility that allows him to crash down the line of scrimmage to get to the ball carrier from the backside and an explosive trigger to fill gaps in the run game.

I came away impressed with how good Foskey’s snap anticipation skills are. This allows him to get off the block quickly and explosively, forcing offensive tackles off balance in their pass sets.

While he is still developing his pass rush skills, Foskey uses his explosiveness and speed-to-power to win at the point of attack. His relentless motor and effort skills allow him to continuously attack the pocket and arrive at the quarterback.

I appreciate Foskey and his ability to create natural leverage. Here, he uses his length and adequate hand placement to displace offensive linemen and shed blocks quickly in the run game.

While Foskey still has room for improvement, he is still a very talented pass rusher who can develop into one of the best rushers in the 2023 NFL Draft. This is definitely a player Panthers fans should monitor during the college football season.