8 early 2023 Senior Bowl week standouts for the Panthers radar

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Carolina Panthers should monitor Isaiah Foskey

  • Defensive End | Notre Dame Fighting Irish

It’s no secret that the Carolina Panthers need more from a pass-rushing standpoint in 2023. Whether they let Haason Reddick walk or the player wanted to leave is a moot point – the team didn’t replace him effectively and this has to change before competitive action begins once again.

Having a bevy of selections in the top 150 provides the Panthers with options. Finding productive defensive ends on the free-agent market comes with some top dollar attached, so going down the draft avenue is almost guaranteed.

Fortunately for the Panthers, this is a very deep group of edge defenders emerging from the college ranks. One of the most talented is Isaiah Foskey, who boasts plenty of traits normally associated with prolific pass-rushers at the next level.

Foskey’s length is something he puts to good use consistently. There are times when he’s overreliant on it, so refining his repertoire upon joining an NFL team would be the best way to become a valuable commodity as a rookie.

The former Notre Dame stud displayed his explosiveness, functional strength, and agility throughout the opening two days of Senior Bowl practice. Proof, if any was needed, of how important events like this are for boosting stock and altering perceptions.

Many analysts project Foskey to be a borderline first-rounder right now. That could change if he keeps up this production in front of influential figures from around the league over the next few weeks.