Thursday, May 16, 2024

Carolina Panthers 2024 NFL power rankings post-draft roundup

Throughout the 2024 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-NFL draft roundup for the Carolina Panthers in our consensus 2024 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 32

Most improved: Offensive line

This easily could have been wide receiver with the additions of Diontae Johnson and first-round pick Xavier Legette, but quarterback Bryce Young was sacked a team-record 62 times, so giving him time to find his receivers was the first priority. GM Dan Morgan did that by signing free agent guards Robert Hunt and Damien Lewis and shifting guard Austin Corbett to center. Inside pressure resulted in 35 of Young's sacks and hindered his ability to effectively run the offense. -- David Newton -- Rank: 32

Considering what the Panthers came into the draft with, they did pretty well for themselves in Dan Morgan's first time in the captain's chair. It didn't cost them much to trade into Round 1, but the choice of receiver Xavier Legette was a pretty bold first pick for Morgan. In Legette, RB Jonathon Brooks and TE Ja'Tavion Sanders, the Panthers have three very interesting skill-position players, but each is clearly a work in progress. We might not really know how good they can be collectively until sometime in 2025. The rest of the haul looked pretty good on paper, especially the picks of LB Trevin Wallace and CB Chau Smith-Wade, but Wallace, like the offensive trio, has plenty of room for development. For Carolina, this isn't too big of a deal. Their free-agent additions should help solidify things while the rookies improve. If two or three of these higher-variance picks pan out, this class could end up being a very strong group. Not bad for a team that began the event without a first-rounder.

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CBS Sports -- Rank: 32

Their entire year will be gauging the improvement of Bryce Young. If he doesn't get better, they have major problems.

USA Today -- Rank: 32

They selected talented, intriguing players — almost all who will either need extensive coaching to contribute or, in the case of second-round RB Jonathon Brooks, time to recover from his November ACL tear. The Panthers could well double their win total in 2024 ... which would still mean a 4-13 finish.

The Athletic -- Rank: 32

Owner David Tepper stole the show again. And, again, not in a good way. Tepper turned the draft weekend narrative on himself when he stopped at a local bar to question the owner about a snarky sign out front. There's a reason Carolina has occupied this spot in the rankings for so long.

Fox Sports -- Rank: 32

Bryce Young will definitely have help. I think people forgot about the addition of Diontae Johnson, and now adding Xavier Legette and Jonathon Brooks will give Young some real-deal difference makers on offense. That said, this is still a team that's missing a lot of pieces — and, until proven otherwise, we're not sure how good Young actually is.

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