30 college prospects the Carolina Panthers should watch closely in 2022

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DE. Buckeyes . ZACH HARRISON. 17. player. 812.

Carolina Panthers should monitor Zach Harrison

  • Defensive End | Ohio State

Even though Zach Harrison hasn’t put up elite numbers during his stint with Ohio State, his three-down presence and run-halting prowess is something that will cast more than a few eyes in his direction next season. The Carolina Panthers could be on the lookout for a player just like this if their consistency against the run remains a problem.

Harrison is a ridiculous athlete with eye-popping speed. This doesn’t necessarily transition to getting off the spot quickly, but there is more than enough straight-line burst to compensate for this initially.

This will be one of the standouts at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. One team will fall in love with Harrison enough for the player to hear his name called early based on his physical gifts alone.

. TE. Gamecocks . JAHEIM BELL. 18. player. 850

Carolina Panthers should monitor Jaheim Bell

  • Tight End | South Carolina

It’s not been easy for the Panthers to get their tight ends involved. Perhaps the team was spoilt for so many years with the consistency of three-time Pro Bowler Greg Olsen, whose presence is still sorely missed three years after his departure.

Jaheim Bell can change all that in an instant. This is as complete a prospect as one can find at the position, with his soft hands, devastating burst, and polished route-running set to shine from start to finish for South Carolina in 2022.

Couple this with some impressive blocking capabilities, and Bell could be the answer to Carolina’s prayers.

840. . DT. Gators . GERVON DEXTER. 19. player

Carolina Panthers should monitor Gervon Dexter

  • Defensive Tackle | Florida

A former five-star recruit with real explosiveness, Gervon Dexter looks tailormade for a three-technique role or perhaps even a 3-4 defensive end in the NFL. The influential Florida star jumps off the screen with quickness and rapid lateral movements, but his tackling needs refinement once the time comes to test himself at the next level.

Another outstanding feature of Dexter’s game is power. His hands are incredibly heavy and if Derrick Brown cannot progress from a pressure standpoint next season, this could be a perfect long-term partner for the No. 7 overall selection in 2020.