Panthers 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: Post-Senior Bowl edition

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Carolina Panthers select Julius Brents

  • Cornerback | Kansas State Wildcats

Finding assistance at the cornerback position is another option for the Carolina Panthers this offseason. Especially considering how much time Donte Jackson could miss in 2023 thanks to a torn Achilles.

C.J. Henderson and Keith Taylor Jr. demonstrated little consistency last season when tasked with starting responsibilities. The Panthers have a true difference-maker in Jaycee Horn, but they can ill afford the other side of the field to be exploited during Frank Reich’s first season as head coach.

One cannot dismiss the notion of a free agent signing being acquired for instant relief. Carolina also has the scope to utilize one of their top 150 selections on the position with a ton of talent in this year’s class.

Julius Brents has the size, length, and athleticism to assist on the rotation. A smooth transition to the pro ranks could also lead to a starting berth much sooner than anticipated.

The former Kansas State stud has the ball skills, straight-line speed, and strength to hold his own against NFL wide receivers. It’s a huge step up in class for Brents, but he has most intangibles normally associated with productive cornerbacks at the next level.

This is a solid foundation from which to build. There are some footwork issues at times for Brents, but the prospect is well worth a look at this juncture.