Panthers 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: Worst-case scenario edition

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Carolina Panthers draft Myles Murphy

  • Defensive End/Outside Linebacker | Clemson Tigers

Had at least one of the top four quarterbacks been available, I believe the Carolina Panthers would pull the trigger. Unfortunately, that is not the case in this scenario.

Despite the close ties with the Clemson Tigers, Carolina has never selected a player from the program in its more than 27-year history. With a need for a No. 2 pass rusher opposite of Pro Bowler Brian Burns, the front office takes the best player available in Tigers star Myles Murphy.

A former five-star high school recruit, Murphy offers an exceptional display of physical traits and athletic ability for the position. He played in multiple alignments for Dabo Swinney’s men, from five-technique to a two-point stance as an outside linebacker.

This already makes him a potential fit in Eijero Evero’s multiple-front defense.

Murphy displays active hands with a nice variety of pass-rush moves and counters. He combines that with ample speed-to-power and a superb get-off that allows him to gain ground within a few steps of his rushes. I do appreciate the prospect’s ability to set the edge at the mesh point along with his sufficient power at the point of attack.

The first-team All-ACC pass rusher still has room for growth. What Murphy offers now would allow him to be an immediate contributor from Day 1 on a young, but talented Panthers defense.