4 draft prospects the Carolina Panthers should watch in CFB championship

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Carolina Panthers should watch Kenny McIntosh

  • Running Back | Georgia Bulldogs

The Carolina Panthers will enter the offseason with some uncertainty as to whether D’Onta Foreman will be returning in 2023. If the two sides cannot agree to a deal, finding a new running back to go with Chuba Hubbard and Raheem Blackshear – providing he also returns – will be one of the many priorities this spring.

Well, good thing Georgia has a running back worth keeping an eye on. Remember James Cook? This is his predecessor.

Kenny McIntosh is bigger than Cook in terms of his physical profile. However, their play styles are very similar. The former four-star high school recruit totaled more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage this season, including 10 rushing touchdowns.

This goes to show his versatility overall. McIntosh offers an adequate blend of size and speed at the position. As we saw in the semifinal, he shows great second-level acceleration and the ability to take it the distance – as long as he doesn’t pull a Daniel Jones.

The Bulldogs’ No. 1 backfield presence offers great receiving skills at the position, making him a valuable piece to look into during Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft. McIntosh possesses great hands and ball-tracking skills while being used as a chess piece in multiple alignments such as split receiver, slot, and pass-catching out of the backfield.

While he is still green in certain areas such as pad level and awareness, McIntosh has the upside to be a starting running back at the next level with further development.