Carolina Panthers pick all defense in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Panthers choose Troy Pride Jr out of Notre Dame University. Pride is very similar to Donte Jackson, with the speed, explosiveness and does not lack confidence. Standing at 5’11 194 pounds. Pride is not going to be the best option to go against the big buddy Wide Receivers in the division, but he will help with covering the speedy receivers that the Panthers play against. Running a 4.4 40 yard dash at the NFL combine, Pride will keep teams from stretching the field, by keeping up with some of the fastest in the league.
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With the 152nd overall pick in the 5th Round, the Panthers selected another Safety. Kenny Robinson is the player, who played out of West Virginia University before being expelled from school for academic reasons. Instead of waiting to transfer to another program, Robinson decided to opt into joining the XFL. Robinson was the starting safety for the St. Louis Battlehawks. In his 5 games with the Battlehawks, Robinson had 21 tackles, with 2 interceptions and a sack. In addition to the Panthers picks, the upside can make him considered a steal of the draft when it is all said and done.
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The Panthers on the clock at pick 184, they select Bravvion Roy. Roy is a Defensive Tackle out of Baylor University. One of Matt Rhule‘s guys from college. Roy had 13 tackles for loss or not gain vs the run last season. That is most by any Power-5 Defensive tackle Per Pro Football Focus. This pick continues to add to what will be an extremely young defensive front for the Panthers, with most players coming from the past 2 years in the draft. Roy will add much needed help on downs against the run. Teaming Roy up with Derrick Brown and Kawann Short in the middle will keep a constant rotation for the position and fresh legs in the game.
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The Carolina Panthers defense first draft is complete! The Panthers with the 221st overall pick, select Stantley Thomas-Oliver. This pick gives the Panthers some size on the outside. Stantley Thomas-Oliver is a 6’2 184 pound Cornerback from Florida International University. This past season, Thomas-Oliver had 54 total tackles, 42 of them were solo tackles. 4 of those tackles were tackles for loss, as well as 2 sacks and 1 interception. All were Thomas-Oliver’s career highs over his 3 season at Florida International.
What does the Defense look like now?
There are still plenty of moves that the Panthers have to do after the draft to complete this team. There is expected to be plenty of Undrafted Free Agents who will be signed over the course of the next few days. Along with the undrafted free agents, expect the Panthers to go in free agency and sign a couple of players with the remaining salary that they have. As for the starters for defense, the front 4 is expected to look like Brian Burns and Yetur Gross-Matos playing defensive end. With Derrick Brown and Kawann Short at defensive tackle. Linebackers will be Shaq Thompson and Tahir Whitehead.
However the corner position is up for grabs, but can be projected as Donte Jackson and Troy Pride Jr. Tre Boston will be the starting safety, with the chance for Kenny Robinson to play alongside Boston on the back end. For Jeremy Chinn, Matt Rhule is very high on him, he will most likely play everywhere on the defense. He can fill that linebacker spot that is still open, go out wide and cover the bigger wide receivers in the league, or play in the back end if an injury. In conclusion, expect Jeremy Chinn to be a starter next season bcause we just will not know where until the Panthers decide where they will play him.
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