Panthers 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: Changing places edition

(Michael Caterina/Notre Dame Insider via IMAGN Content Services) Michael Mayer
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Carolina Panthers
(Saul Young/The Knoxville News-Sentinel via IMAGN Content Services) Jalin Hyatt /

Carolina Panthers draft Jalin Hyatt

  • Wide Receiver | Tennessee

With the Carolina Panthers securing their future quarterback and tight end earlier in the draft, it wouldn’t hurt to bring in another solid pass-catcher to assist moving forward. D.J. Moore remains an outstanding performer and Terrace Marshall Jr. is bringing his game on considerably, but one more body with proven production could be beneficial.

This isn’t the deepest class of wide receivers compared to what’s emerged from the college ranks in recent years. But some diamonds in the rough could emerge and Jalin Hyatt certainly looked the part during his final season at Tennessee.

Hyatt was Hendon Hooker’s favorite target, and with good reason. He was nothing short of phenomenal for the Volunteers in 2022, bringing in 67 receptions for 1,267 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns as a result of his efforts.

Perhaps the area where Hyatt could assist Carolina more than most is his ability to stretch the field. One only has to examine his 18.9 yards per reception average and his reported 10.24-second time in the 100 meters as further proof.

Again, there’s a good chance Hyatt goes higher than this once he blows up the NFL Scouting Combine. But if the wideout is still on the board by this stage, the Panthers should not hesitate.