2020 NFL Draft
A year ago, the Panthers nailed the Brian Burns pick. What will Carolina do during the 2020 NFL Draft? Time to go inside the war room. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

It’s a new look Carolina Panthers heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. The Matt Rhule, Joe Brady, Teddy Bridgewater trio will go to work when the 2020 season gets underway. The Panthers have new leadership after Carolina lost 8 in a row after Ron Rivera was fired. I think everyone is curious how the new hire will compare to Rivera. Let’s head inside the war room for the Panthers!

I actually have a lot of thoughts on the Panthers first round pick that sits at 7 overall. Are we sure they won’t trade up for a quarterback? Having Teddy Bridgewater as a bridge quarterback to go with Tua Tagovailoa sounds ideal not? What if Tua falls because of Corona and teams can’t get him medically cleared. Are we going to rule that out?

I think Carolina can be patient. Maybe Isaiah Simmons falls to 7. I think Carolina would be more than thrilled to take Derrick Brown too. I think on the defensive side of the ball, those are the two options. Luke Keuchly retired. It would be nice to draft a dude like Simmons that can run and cover. Derrick Brown would give the Panthers a game wrecker up front.

I’m also curious to see if Carolina tries to take any of Matt Rhule’s player from Baylor. Denzel Mims could be an option in the 2nd round but that feels doubtful after the Robby Anderson move. James Lynch could be an option as a hybrid pass rusher. I don’t even know what position he will play defensive end or tackle? It will be interesting to see how much Rhule liked his former players.

I think a more realistic option is to draft Solomon Kindley in the 2nd round. Christian McCaffrey is still the heart and soul of this offense. John Miller and Dennis Daley are the projected guards right now. How about adding a player like Kindley? 335 pound guard who helped D’Andre Swift carve up running lanes. That’s the route the Panthers should go.