4 replacements if the Panthers cannot retain D’Onta Foreman in 2023

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Carolina Panthers could draft Roschon Johnson

If the Carolina Panthers want to find a little more value than the aforementioned trio, then there could be some intriguing options further down the 2023 NFL Draft. Scott Fitterer has a solid reputation for unearthing such gems, which played a leading role in his well-deserved promotion when he switched from the Seattle Seahawks in 2021.

Although he played a backup role to Bijan Robinson throughout his stint with the Texas Longhorns, the skill set Roschon Johnson possesses looks NFL-ready. And if he makes it into the mid-rounds, it’s a definite option for the Panthers.

Johnson is another physical running back that should generate carries right out of the gate. His transition to the position after starting as a quarterback went seamlessly and there’s every chance he can get even better once NFL coaches get to grips with his potential.

The prospect has outstanding footwork despite being a bigger back at 6-foot-2. Johnson’s ability to make people miss and generate significant yardage in open space is also something that caught the eye last season.

A standout start to his Senior Bowl week was quickly followed by an injury that wasn’t deemed serious. Providing there are no lingering complications ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine, this should be one for Carolina’s shortlist regardless of whether D’Onta Foreman sticks around or not.

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