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Carolina Panthers 7-round mock draft Round 1, Pick 7: Javon Kinlaw, DT South Carolina Javon Kinlaw’s insane explosiveness and athleticism for his position will win over Rhule. I believe Rhule also values building his defense from front to back, which is exactly what the Panthers need. Most mock drafts and draft boards don’t have Kinlaw quite this high, but following a tremendous Senior Bowl performance, and ahead of the NFL Combine, I believe Kinlaw is destined to be a top 10 pick. The Panthers could also be given a good offer to trade down from the 7th overall pick, given the rising stock of quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Jordan Love, who could be on the board here. Round 2, Pick 38: Denzel Mims, WR Baylor Denzel Mims is the real deal. Sure, you have probably seen him further down mocks and draft boards thus far, but at the end of the day, you draft players who can be stars in the NFL. Mims can be one, and his draft stock is only going up. This pick doesn’t make sense just because of the Baylor connection with Rhule, but more so because of the traits Mims offers with his athleticism, ball skills, large catch radius, and maturity. Mims is the much-needed larger-framed receiver to complement Moore and Samuel. As a perimeter receiver, he opens up the playbook for Joe Brady to use Moore and/or Samuel inside. The Panthers could also opt to trade down here if they believe Mims or other prospects they are high on may be available towards the middle of the second round. Round 3, Pick 69: Matt Peart, OT UConn Matt Peart has an impressive combination of size and mobility at 6-foot-7. He also offers positional flexibility with experience at guard and left and right tackle. Peart seems to have the traits of athleticism, size, and coachability that are attractive to Rhule, and is a much-needed addition to the Panthers’ offensive line. Round 4, Pick 103: Troy Pride Jr., CB Notre Dame Rhule loves athleticism in his players, and Troy Pride Jr., also a track star, brings that to the cornerback position. Pride Jr. has a solid frame to back up his speed and quickness and will give Jackson much-needed competition in the secondary, as the two compete to potentially replace Bradberry. ound 5, Pick 134: Amik Robertson, CB Louisiana Tech I like drafting players that dominated at the college level. I think Rhule will as well. Amik Robertson was a second-team AP All-American this past season and amassed 14 interceptions in his three years at LA Tech. The downside to Robertson is his 5-foot-9 height, effectively limiting him to defending the slot. However, Robertson has all of the tools to be an elite slot cornerback in the NFL from day one. Round 6, Pick 165: Francis Bernard, LB Utah Francis Bernard was at the center of the elite Utah Utes’ defense. He is an athletic and highly productive linebacker that was the emotional leader of the Utah defense. Bernard would be a nice late-round pick to start to the post-Kuechly era on defense. Round 7, Pick 199: James Lynch, DE Baylor James Lynch was a first-team All-American this past season at Baylor. The Baylor connection would obviously attract Rhule to Lynch. The success and accolades of Lynch, along with his coachability with Rhule, makes this a great fit in the 7th round. https://www.profootballnetwork.com/2020-nfl-draft-carolina-panthers-7-round-mock-draft/