With a series of needs that the Carolina Panthers must cater to in the upcoming NFL Draft, it would be a grave understatement to say that they’ve got some serious work to get done. The biggest area of need for them at the moment is bringing on a reliable starting quarterback. This may prove to be a difficult task for them in a relatively weak draft class for quarterbacks.
However, they do possess the sixth overall pick and may be able to add some talent at the position. On the other hand, they still have several other holes on their roster that need to be filled. So without further ado, we’ll discuss the three best players the Panthers could select with the sixth pick in the 2022 NFL draft.
Panthers 2022 NFL Draft Outlook
Coming off a highly productive four-year stint at the University of Pittsburgh, Kenny Pickett is now looking to make his mark in the NFL. With the Carolina seeking a major upgrade at the quarterback spot, Pickett could be their long-term solution. As an efficient pocket passer with good mobility, Pickett has shown he has the potential to be a Pro Bowl caliber QB in this league.
His ability to drive the ball with good velocity and read the field are qualities that the Panthers would benefit from greatly. As a team in dire need of consistently good quarterback play, Pickett could be their answer in this year’s NFL draft. He would be a massive upgrade for them at the position and give them hope for the future.
Between his rocket arm strength and elite running game, Malik Willis has a ton of upside to his game and could excel as a dual-threat quarterback in the pros. Whether or not he’ll be able to fully develop is still to be determined, but under the guidance and direction of head coach Matt Rhule he could blossom.
Add to that his ability to read the blitz mixed in with his elusiveness, and Willis could find find a ton of success with the Panthers. He can also make crisp passes in tight windows and beat safeties on deep sideline throws which are major pluses. If Carolina wants a multi-skilled playmaker under center next season, then using the sixth pick to draft Willis would also be a wise move.
Kyle Hamilton’s widely considered the best safety in this year’s draft and would have an immediate impact on the Panthers. His unique blend of strength, intimidation, and defensive versatility would be a perfect addition to the Panthers elite pass defense. Last season the Panthers were ranked second in pass defense.
With Hamilton having the ability to obliterate deep threats and cover pass-catching tight ends, this seems like the perfect fit. Add to that his length and agility, and the Panthers could boast one of the league’s best secondary’s. If Carolina is unable to nab a quarterback in the early rounds of the draft, then picking a safety would fill another void for them as they continually work to fill out their roster.