The Carolina Panthers are starting a new era in their franchise after hiring Matt Rhule in the offseason. They've made a bevy of moves, letting go of Cam Newton, signing Teddy Bridgewater, and re-signing Christian McCaffrey.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Panthers first two picks are at No. 7 and No. 38. With their offseason signings and the departure of three starters in the secondary, it's expected that Carolina will go with defensive prospects. Their second round choice looks like the perfect time to find a cornerback. With several great options available, here's a look at three players the Panthers could target in the second round of the draft.
1. A.J. Terrell, Clemson
The real question will be whether A.J. Terrell is available when the Panthers pick in the second round. If Clemson's star cornerback doesn't get taken before No. 38 he'd be a perfect fit for Carolina. Terrell has fantastic press coverage skills. While some questions around his build at the next level may take him out of the first round, his impeccable record and natural talent are clear. He was named to the All-ACC team in his sophomore and junior seasons and helped lead Clemson to two College Football Playoff appearances.
2. Jaylon Johnson, Utah
Utah's Jaylon Johnson is a divisive player amongst scouts, but his athletic skill and physical coverage style should play well in the NFL. While he doesn't have the floor of some of the first-round CB prospects, Johnson's impressive senior year at Utah and bodes well for his future. The Panthers would be happy to have Johnson available when they pick at No. 38.
3. Kristian Fulton, LSU
Sticking with last year's standouts in the College Football Playoff, LSU's Kristian Fulton showed he was one of the top cornerbacks in the country during a brilliant run to the national title. Fulton was a lockdown cornerback and put up great numbers in pass breakups and solo tackles for LSU, and he projects to quickly be a solid NFL contributor. He does need to work on the finer points of his game, but Matt Rhule's staff would be happy to work with Fulton, who showed remarkable capacity to improve during his tenure at LSU.
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