Which pass-rushing 2023 NFL Draft prospects could the Carolina Panthers target to put alongside stud defensive end Brian Burns next season?
The Carolina Panthers are going to make Brian Burns a very wealthy man. Those in power turned down a substantial trade offer for the star defensive end from the Los Angeles Rams that included two first-round picks and a 2023 second-rounder, which lays their cards on the table regarding how much they value the former Florida State standout as part of their long-term strategy.
What’s transpired opposite Burns on Carolina’s defensive front is less impressive. Yetur Gross-Matos continues to struggle from a starting role and although Marquis Haynes Sr. has flashed, the Ole Miss product is best suited to a rotational role when it’s all said and done.
Depending on what occurs down the stretch, this could be among the team’s most pressing needs next spring. Considering finances aren’t looking too hot for the Panthers right now, going down the draft route could be their best option long term.
With that being said, here are five prospects the Panthers could target for a stable partner opposite Burns in 2023.
Prospect No. 1
Carolina Panthers could target Isaiah Foskey
One player that’s caught the eye significantly in 2022 is Isaiah Foskey. The Notre Dame stud has developed his game into a true three-down threat, improving his capabilities against the run and also providing more than enough to suggest getting after the quarterback upon arriving at the next level won’t be a problem.
Foskey has the size, strength, and explosiveness to cause damage at will. Something that’s reflected in the nine sacks and 11 tackles for loss attained during what’s anticipated to be his final season with the Fighting Irish.
If Foskey ends up making it into the second round, the Carolina Panthers should examine his credentials closely. That could also involve a daring trade-up to secure his services.