5 draft prospects for the Panthers to replace Robbie Anderson in 2023

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Which 2023 NFL Draft prospects could the Carolina Panthers target to replace recently traded wide receiver Robbie Anderson next year?

There are more questions than answers about the Carolina Panthers and their hopes for a profitable future. An encouraging win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7 means they still harbor hopes of a divisional title despite their 2-5 record, but those in power have also begun to accumulate draft capital in the event they end up with high-end selections under a new head coach in 2023.

It’s a precarious situation that’s divided the fanbase. One section wants the Panthers to win at all costs while others would be willing to sit through another lost campaign to put them in pole position for some of the best college prospects.

Trading Robbie Anderson to the Arizona Cardinals means Carolina could be in the market for a wide receiver at some stage during the draft. Although picking the likes of Jaxson Smith-Njigba and Kayshon Boutee early seems unrealistic if a franchise quarterback is there for the taking.

With that in mind, here are five wide receiver prospects the Panthers could potentially target as a long-term replacement for Anderson in 2023.

Prospect No. 1

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Carolina Panthers could target Quentin Johnston

One player that the Carolina Panthers should be monitoring has the size and physical tools to potentially contribute right out of the gate. Quentin Johnston’s production at TCU has been encouraging despite the lack of consistency under center, with his 6-foot-4 frame representing a potential matchup nightmare once the wideout puts everything together.

Johnston’s route-running is precise and sharp in equal measure. The prospect boasts a wide catch radius, is extremely athletic for a man his size, and possesses enough burst to stretch the field when opportunities arise.

If Terrace Marshall Jr. cannot make the most of additional responsibilities in the wake of Robbie Anderson’s departure, then Carolina could do far worse than look in Johnston’s direction.