25) Carolina Panthers
The Panthers didn’t have much to go on in the 2022 NFL Draft, so their standing in the NFL Power Rankings was probably always going to remain static. Ikem Ekwonu was a pick of necessity that lined up with great physical talent. Replacing Cam Erving was and should have been priority No. 1 for the team. They moved back into Round 3 to grab Matt Corral, who can quietly sit and learn behind Sam Darnold for a season.
28. Carolina Panthers (29)
The Panthers have their own bridge veteran vs. rookie battle in Sam Darnold vs. Matt Corral. They did upgrade their offensive line and will hope their offense can be more efficient overall with Ben McAdoo, regardless of who's QB. The defense has got some playmakers, but it needs to come together better.
The franchise is looking to rebound from three straight seasons of 11 or more losses. The talk was that the Panthers were in the market for a quarterback in the draft and they wound up getting one in the third round in Mississippi’s Matt Corral. North Carolina State tackle Ikem Ekwonu was the club’s first-round pick. Free agency netted safety Xavier Woods and veteran offensive linemen Austin Corbett (Rams) and Bradley Bozeman (Ravens).
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31. Carolina Panthers (+10000)
The Panthers are a mess. They took Matt Corral in the third round, forming an ugly quarterback duo with Sam Darnold. Carolina has won just 10 games in the last two years, and it's hard to see much changing in 2022.