Carolina Panthers 2022 Mock Draft: Multiple Trades To Acquire Picks

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The Carolina Panthers maneuver around the board to acquire multiple day two selections in this mock draft.

A 3-0 start for the Carolina Panthers had the NFL world buzzing. Was Matt Rhule going to engineer a quick turnaround? Could Sam Darnold in fact be good enough? All those questions floated around the blogosphere as the defense stifled opponents and the offense found a groove under Joe Brady.

Fast forward to the end of December now, and there are questions about whether or not Rhule should be let go before next season. Brady has been let go as a scapegoat for a poor offensive line and a quarterback in Darnold who is actually not good enough. It’s hard to know if any of Darnold, Cam Newton, or P.J. Walker will be under center next season.

Carolina Panthers Mock Draft: Trades Abound

The Panthers are a team with clear needs heading into the offseason. The quarterback position should probably be addressed, whether it be via trade or (way more likely) the 2022 NFL Draft. The offensive line needs serious work as well. With just one pick in the first two days right now, trading back will be key for Carolina to acquire more capital.

In this Carolina Panthers mock draft, the plan is that. Here are the trades made first, of course using the NFL Mock Draft Database simulator.

The Trades

The first of two trades is with the Denver Broncos. They have plenty of picks in the 2022 NFL Draft thanks to the Von Miller trade, and for a team that might want an elite edge rusher, corner, or tackle to play opposite Garett Bolles, it’s worth it for them. Carolina moves back a bit and picks up two third round selections.

The second of the trades the Carolina Panthers make is with the Eagles, who have three picks in the first round. Moving up to get an elite player like an Andrew Booth Jr. or a Tyler Linderbaum to replace Jason Kelce could be in their best interest.

The Panthers did lose pick 105, but now have these on the first two days: 19, 51, 78, and 92. All four should be helpful in getting this team back on track and building towards being a contender. Let’s get into the mock.