4 prospects rising up the Panthers draft board after 2023 Senior Bowl

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Carolina Panthers should monitor Evan Hull

  • Running Back | Northwestern Wildcats

Finding a new running back is likely dependent on whether the Carolina Panthers can work out an extension with D’Onta Foreman. This decision will have ramifications whichever way it goes.

Foreman’s production when becoming their No. 1 option in the wake of Christian McCaffrey’s departure was encouraging. But those in power must spend wisely this offseason and it remains to be seen whether terms can be agreed upon.

If Foreman does test the free-agent market, then going down the draft route is the cheapest option in pursuit of filling the void. Evan Hull might not be the most heralded recruit entering the NFL this year, but his performances throughout the week and during the Senior Bowl itself will put him on many teams’ radars.

Hull is a dual-threat weapon that makes things happen. The Northwestern product doesn’t have what would be classed as elite explosiveness, but there is enough intelligence and patience when carries come his way to work with.

While Tulane’s outstanding weapon Tyjae Spears generated the majority of headlines – and rightfully so – the contribution made by Hull was also noteworthy. Something the Panthers might need if Frank Reich continues with the backfield-by-committee approach that was so successful under Steve Wilks.