5 draft prospects Ejiro Evero might want for the Panthers defense in 2023

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Ejiro Evero
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Which NFL Draft prospects could new Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero potentially want for his unit in 2023?

The Carolina Panthers got themselves one of the league’s best young coaches when Ejiro Evero left the Denver Broncos to become their next defensive coordinator. This was yet another impressive appointment from Frank Reich, who’s made a strong start to staffing recruitment with more moves anticipated in the not-too-distant future.

Evero’s defensive scheme relies heavily on athleticism and generating pressure. The Panthers have plenty of exciting, dynamic talent on all three levels, it’s just a case of fine-tuning their options with a view to making major strides next season.

If anyone can unlock their true potential, it’s Evero. His work with the Broncos generated multiple interviews for vacant head coaching positions this offseason, which could indicate the Panthers’ relationship with the progressive coach might be short-lived.

Maximizing Evero while he’s here is of pivotal importance. With this in mind, here are five NFL Draft prospects that could be great fits within his primary 3-4 base scheme in 2023.

Prospect No. 1

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(Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports) Isaiah Foskey /

Carolina Panthers could draft Isaiah Foskey

  • Defensive End/Outside Linebacker | Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Adding consistency opposite Brian Burns will be among the biggest complications Ejiro Evero has to solve. Switching to a 3-4 opens the window slightly for others, but it would be a shock if the Carolina Panthers didn’t strengthen in free agency or the draft.

Finding productive veteran pass-rushers on the open market isn’t cheap. Therefore, going down the college route seems a likely scenario and Isaiah Foskey looks tailormade to thrive under Ejiro right out of the gate.

Foskey has the length and explosiveness to operate as a 3-4 outside linebacker with minimal fuss. He’ll need to get better against the run, but the upside is obvious working alongside Evero.