Carolina Panthers 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: Strike it lucky edition

(Brianna Paciorka/The Knoxville News-Sentinel via IMAGN Content Services) Byron Young
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Which way could the Carolina Panthers go with their 2023 NFL Draft selections as the current season winds to a conclusion?

Now that the Carolina Panthers are officially out of playoff contention, fans are casting their eyes on what’s sure to be another offseason full of drama across the franchise. Some big decisions await those in power, which start with a new head coach and will be followed by key personnel outcomes that could shape their short and long-term future.

Steve Wilks will come under strong consideration for the job after impressing on an interim basis. But a recent report centering on a discussion between team owner David Tepper and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh indicates this is far from a done deal just yet.

Whether it’s Wilks or someone else, there is a lot of hard work ahead if the Panthers want to be considered among the legitimate contenders moving forward. Fortunately, they have a bounty of high-end 2023 NFL Draft selections to fill pivotal areas on the cheap this spring.

Carolina’s needs are now obvious given the body of work throughout the 2022 campaign. Providing the next batch of college recruits all transition smoothly to a professional environment, the Panthers will be a team to watch when it comes to a potential playoff berth next time around.

Using the NFL Mock Draft Database simulator, we took a look at which way the Panthers might go with their upcoming selections in our latest seven-round 2023 NFL mock draft from No. 9 overall.