6 prospects the Panthers should monitor during 2023 CFB playoffs

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Carolina Panthers should monitor Taron Vincent

  • Defensive Tackle | Ohio State Buckeyes

Much like the situation regarding Bradley Bozeman, it’s hoped that Matt Ioannidis and the Carolina Panthers can reach an agreement for his stay to extend beyond 2022. The defensive tackle is one of the few former Matt Rhule college players to make a significant difference, with his partnership alongside Derrick Brown coming in for substantial praise throughout the campaign.

Ioannidis is a true three-down threat that is also emerging as a prominent leader within the locker room. But even if the Temple product stays, improving depth on the defensive line interior is something the Panthers should contemplate.

This wouldn’t be the biggest need heading into the offseason – especially if Ioannidis sticks around – but if Carolina is in a position to select the best prospect available on Day 2 or Day 3, then Taron Vincent ticks all the boxes.

While the numbers haven’t been elite for Vincent throughout his time at Ohio State, a lot of his good work doesn’t fill up the stat sheet. But make no mistake, it is no less important.

Vincent’s game centers on power and clogging up space. His violent hands shed blocks easily and he is never found wanting for effort in pursuit of any oncoming rusher.

The prospect’s lack of explosiveness is a concern. But if Vincent can show out against the Georgia Bulldogs, it will help his draft stock exponentially.