What Carolina Panthers CB room could look like in 2023
What do you believe our ideal cornerback room should be looking like? – Landon
At the end of the first slide, I mentioned who I think returns at cornerback for the Carolina Panthers in 2023.
It’s been an interesting season at cornerback. Jaycee Horn offered elite play when healthy and steady showings from Donte Jackson before he tore his Achilles halfway through the season left reasons for encouragement.
After some promising play in his rookie season, Keith Taylor Jr. looks out of sorts and out of position at times. I think he’s a corner who is quite scheme-specific and never looked comfortable in Al Holcomb’s system.
C.J. Henderson was a major disappointment. Steve Wilks talked about trying to get him going and to mentally stay in games, which didn’t pan out despite a solid end to proceedings at the New Orleans Saints. I don’t want to speculate if the former Florida Gator is out of sorts because it is not my place to.
Henderson is very talented and did flash this season. When he’s clicking, the No. 9 overall selection in 2020 is a good man cover corner who is always glued to the receiver’s hip pocket with good transitions and ball skills. I’m still bullish on him and I expect the player to return as a depth piece.
The cornerback room will have the top four previously mentioned names plus a potential veteran and rookie cornerback. If the Panthers bring in a creative defensive coordinator that can use each corner’s skill set to their advantage, I like where this group could be heading considering the youth in that room.