5 draft prospects Carolina Panthers can put opposite Brian Burns in 2023

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Carolina Panthers could target Will Anderson Jr.

The Carolina Panthers are projected to have a high-end pick in 2023. Something that should finally allow the new regime to draft their franchise quarterback of the future unless they go on a significant winning run over their remaining games.

However, if the Panthers miss out on Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud, it might move the goalposts slightly. Especially if those in power feel like Anthony Richardson, Will Levis, or someone else isn’t worth a top 10 selection.

If this scenario plays out, then Will Anderson Jr. is someone that undoubtedly enters the discussion. The defensive end is projected by many to be the best prospect entering the NFL next year and there is even talk of an All-Pro ceiling where the Alabama star is concerned.

Anderson possesses a rare blend of speed, strength, and refined pass-rushing moves. He’s accumulated eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss this season, which is outstanding production when one considers how many double-teams and tight-end chips come his way on almost every down.

There are very few sure things when it comes to picking college prospects. However, Anderson is as close to this as you’re likely to find and if the Panthers paired him with Brian Burns, they’d have one of the league’s most ferocious pass-rushing tandems.