The Carolina Panthers had a disappointing 2019 season and they have plenty of holes that need to be filled during the offseason. The only good part of having a bad season is the high draft pick that comes with it. The Panthers own the number seven pick in the 2020 draft and it’s crucial they make the right decision.
With Luke Kuechly shocking everyone with his retirement, the team could look for his replacement, but there are other areas the team could target too. Let’s breakdown two perfect options for the Panthers with their first-round draft pick.
Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback
Who knows if Tua Tagovailoa will be available when the Panthers are on the clock, but if he is, the team should probably think about running to make their selection. With the team bringing in Matt Rhule to lead the team, and Joe Brady to lead the offense, it makes sense for the team to start over with a new quarterback.
There is no doubt the injury concerns with his hip are scary, but every team that is thinking about selecting him, will take a very close look at his medical records to make sure he is fine to continue his career.
On the field, when Tua is healthy, he is a special talent, that would pair well with Brady. He is an accurate passer that does a good job of keeping his eyes downfield. He is also good with his legs when he needs to be, but he doesn’t try to force the running game.
Tagovailoa would be a great franchise quarterback for the Panthers.
Jeffrey Okudah, Cornerback
Jeffrey Okudah is another guy who could be gone when the Panthers select, but if he is still there, he would make a lot of sense. Okudah has the prototypical corner skill-set that should keep him in the league for a long time. The only real knock on him was with his ball skills but he had three interceptions for the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 2019 season.
James Bradberry is set to be a free agent this offseason, but even if he does return, the team still needs to make more moves. Donte Jackson had his fair share of struggles during the 2019 season and it’s time for an upgrade.
There are plenty of guys that could really improve the squad immediately but these are two players who should be on the top of the Panthers draft board.