5 draft prospects Carolina Panthers can put opposite Brian Burns in 2023
Carolina Panthers could target BJ Ojulari
Another potential option for the Carolina Panthers if they decide to find a better alternative to Yetur Gross Matos is BJ Ojulari. The LSU product has refined his game over the last two years en route to becoming a three-down presence capable of thriving in the NFL, which won’t go unnoticed by scouts during the all-important assessment process.
The Panthers have struggled to set the edge against the run on occasions in 2022. Ojulari would instantly help in that regard, with his high motor and ability to make up ground quickly something that makes him a supreme force on running downs.
Ojulari’s explosiveness in obvious pass-rushing situations also catches the eye. He’s not had a phenomenal campaign in terms of stats, but his influence on games goes far beyond numbers upon looking at the film.
Carolina must maximize Brian Burns as he prepares to enter his prime. The former first-round pick looks well on course for a career year despite extra attention coming his way from opposing protection schemes, so it’s vital that the front office finds the correct fit as a partner next season and hopefully way beyond.
There’s no denying Ojulari’s athletic attributes. But this is another borderline first-round/early second-round prospect that needs to be monitored by general manager Scott Fitterer once the board starts taking shape.