Panthers 7-round 2023 mock draft: Daring trade brings rewards

(Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images) Jalen Carter
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Carolina Panthers select Andre Carter II

  • Defensive End/Outside Linebacker | Army

Defensive end Brian Burns looks set to make a huge amount of money this offseason. The Carolina Panthers turned down two first-round picks and a second-rounder from the Los Angeles Rams for the Florida State product before the trade deadline, which is the strongest indicator yet of the esteem in which he is held within the organization.

It’s not hard to see why. The Panthers have almost no consistent pass-rush opposite Burns, with Yetur Gross-Matos failing to reach the heights expected from a starting role after those in power opted to let Haason Reddick walk in free agency.

In truth, this position could be addressed a lot earlier. But with Jalen Carter already on board in this scenario and Ivan Pace Jr. also bolstering their edge rush from the second level, someone like Andre Carter II represents a high-value pick that could turn into a productive starter over time.

At 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, Carter has the physical gifts to thrive in the NFL. His numbers might not have matched the 14.5 sacks attained in 2021, but that does not detract from what a complete edge presence he’s evolving into.

Providing his tackling and run defense come on with professional coaching, Carter can become productive. Something he looks capable of given his incredible wing span and fierce work ethic.