5 second-round 2023 NFL Draft prospects the Panthers could target

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Carolina Panthers could draft Jahmyr Gibbs

  • Running Back | Alabama Crimson Tide

As is the case with Bradley Bozeman, a contingency plan must be put in place for D’Onta Foreman’s potential departure. The running back made a huge impression when installed into the starting lineup last season, displaying the physical and work ethic that became the embodiment of what interim head coach Steve Wilks wanted from every player.

Foreman deserves to be extended and should be. But it’s also worth remembering that the NFL is a business and if some common ground cannot be reached, both sides might go their separate ways.

If this unfortunate scenario comes to fruition, the Panthers have the draft capital to find themselves a long-term solution via the 2023 NFL Draft. Jahmyr Gibbs has the tools to become a lead back in Year 1 and might be atop Carolina’s shortlist once the assessment process concludes.

Gibbs has a unique blend of size, speed, and physicality. He is also a supreme threat in the passing game, giving quarterback Bryce Young a constant outlet out of the backfield with smooth routes and soft hands.

Looking at Frank Reich’s offensive schemes with the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts, Gibbs looks like a tremendous fit. Although the prospect needs to improve his pass blocking to install further confidence.