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    Carolina Panthers 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft selects Kenny Pickett at No. 6

    Making the selections through all seven rounds of a 2022 NFL Mock Draft for the Carolina Panthers, including Kenny Pickett at No. 6

    With the sixth overall pick, the Carolina Panthers should have their choice between multiple top players at a bevy of positions. Which way they attack the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft should indicate the direction they’ll take for the rest of the draft, and it will also help facilitate other prospect landing spots throughout Round 1. Here’s the final mock draft for the Panthers ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft.

    Carolina Panthers 2022 7-Round Mock Draft

    Here are projections of every pick the Carolina Panthers could make within a 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft, with the Pro Football Network staff as the general manager. This is what we would do with the picks after the board shook out while doing a full 7-round, 32-team mock draft.

    Round 1, Pick 6: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

    Tackle is a big need for the Carolina Panthers, but so is quarterback. So big, in fact, that we pass on a tackle here and get a future QB1 in Kenny Pickett. He’s pro-ready right now, and the Panthers have a roster that can compete for second place in the NFC South this season. Pickett gives them a better chance to win now — and in the future — than Sam Darnold.

    Other players in consideration: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State; Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

    Round 4, Pick 137 (from LAR via HOU): Zach Tom, G/C, Wake Forest

    They had to wait a while after grabbing Pickett in Round 1, but here the Panthers go again. After passing on selecting a lineman, they grab Zach Tom from Wake Forest. Tom, who can play all three interior spots, also has experience at tackle, including starting at left tackle for the Demon Deacons in 2021. His versatility and pass-blocking ability will go a long way toward seeing the field early and often in Carolina.

    Other players in consideration: Alec Lindstrom, G/C, Boston College; Alontae Taylor, CB, Tennessee

    Round 5, Pick 144 (from JAX): Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State

    Though they grabbed the versatile Tom earlier, the Panthers grab a true tackle prospect in Rasheed Walker to hopefully cure their tackle issues. Though I’m still a believer in Brady Christensen, bringing in Walker to compete with him and Cameron Erving for the left tackle spot means Carolina gets the best option presented to them.

    Other players in consideration: Joshua Ezeudu, OT, North Carolina; Luke Tenuta, OT, Virginia Tech

    Round 5, Pick 149: Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis

    Howell will have a brand new weapon to find in the quick passing game in Carolina in Calvin Austin III. With some of the fastest splits we’ve seen in some time, Austin is as athletic as you’d expect if you watch his highlights. He can get open in the blink of an eye and sprint past defenders all the same.

    Other players in consideration: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson; Tay Martin, WR, Oklahoma State

    Round 6, Pick 199 (from LV): Josh Paschal, EDGE, Kentucky

    The Panthers grab a big-time player to help split the reps along the edge and keep Brian Burns and Yetur Gross-Matos fresh. Josh Paschal has a big game and could blossom into a truly dominant pass rusher in time. His bend and strength give him a rare combination to win against any tackle.

    Other players in consideration: James Empey, C, BYU; Amaré Barno, EDGE, Virginia Tech

    Round 7, Pick 242 (from NE via MIA): Brandon Sebastian, CB, Boston College

    Brandon Sebastian singlehandedly won Boston College a game against Missouri in 2021, and that wasn’t the most famous moment of his season. He had an entire comic book made after him, as The Interceptor lived up to his name against Missouri. Sebastian heads to Carolina, where he could become a household name sooner than later.

    Other players in consideration: Devin Rockette, CB, South Alabama; Christopher Allen, EDGE, Alabama

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