Amare Barno – Carolina Panthers DE
Despite the Carolina Panthers generating little consistent pass-rush opposite Brian Burns in 2022, the coaching staff was reluctant to introduce Amare Barno into the lineup more often than not. This was unsurprising considering he was seen as a sixth-round development project, but the flashes demonstrated when given reps indicate more could be on the way with another strong offseason of development.
Barno might not be the biggest defensive end, but he is explosive and flexible enough to make a difference. The presence of new defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero is only going to assist from a progress standpoint.
Evero runs a lot of 3-4 base and is renowned for his exotic blitz packages that caused constant havoc during his time with the Denver Broncos. While additional reinforcements to the front seven are almost guaranteed, one cannot ignore the scope for growth where Barno is concerned with one of the league’s brightest young defensive coaches steering him on the right path.
The former Virginia Tech star turned out in just nine percent of Carolina’s defensive snaps last season. Despite this, Barno managed two sacks, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, and three pressures.
This is a solid foundation from which to build. But the player needs to impress Evero enough to earn a prominent depth chart position in 2023.