2019 NFL Mock Draft 8.0: Redskins land top quarterback, Raiders make surprise pick
There are two distinct paths for the Panthers with this pick. They can either target offensive line help or help on the edge. With the top tackles off the board, I imagine that the team will target one of the best edges remaining.
Brian Burns is a highly athletic prospect that really impressed at the combine. On tape, Burns shows excellent bend and great get-off speed. That will allow many teams to view him as a solid potential pass rusher.
However, Burns’ run defense isn’t nearly as good as his pass rushing ability, so that may make him only a situational player. This is partly related to his overall lack of weight and though he weighed in around 250 pounds at the combine, it may be hard to trust him as a true three-down player. But as a pure pass rusher, he could emerge as one of the best in this class.
Other Panthers Draft Options
OL Garrett Bradbury, NC State. The Panthers like Bradbury and could see him as the next Ryan Kalil. He could come off the board sooner than some think.
EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State. Sweat’s fall continues, but he’d be a good fit in Carolina’s 3-4 defense. He represents a better-rounded version of Burns.