6 prospects the Panthers should monitor during 2023 CFB playoffs

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Carolina Panthers should monitor Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson

  • Cornerback | TCU Horned Frogs

College football’s feel-good story this season has been TCU’s rise to prominence. While it doesn’t compare to that of Cincinnati in 2021, the program deserves an untold amount of credit for making the playoffs – something that won’t go unnoticed by NFL scouts once it’s time to formulate their draft boards.

The Carolina Panthers were seemingly strong at the cornerback position before the season. But an injury to Donte Jackson coupled with Jaycee Horn’s broken wrist highlighted just how precarious things could get if one of two established starters gets injured.

Much will depend on how the coaching staff analyzes the likes of C.J. Henderson and Keith Taylor Jr. However, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock to see Carolina add to its options within the secondary at some stage during the draft.

In such a scenario comes to fruition, then Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson is someone that should be given a closer look. His anticipation skills and his explosiveness are in keeping with the current trend of athletic cornerbacks emerging from the college ranks – which will also take the NFL Scouting Combine by storm for good measure.

Providing Hodges-Tomlinson can improve the physical aspect of his overall production, someone is going to have a real player on their hands. Just how big of a priority this will be for Carolina is another matter.