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Where are the Panthers drafting after Week 16? Who might they pick in 2024 NFL Draft?

We look at Panthers’ draft position after this week and break down who they may select with their first pick of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Ladd McConkey #84 of the Georgia Bulldogs makes a catch during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 02, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers have long been eliminated from playoff contention. While most teams in that position would be turning their attention to the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft, the Panthers don’t even get to do that. They went all out to move up to No. 1 in last year’s draft and took Alabama QB Bryce Young. Among other things, it cost them their first-round pick in 2024, so they aren’t scheduled to be on the clock until pick 33.

Panthers draft order: 33rd pick

The move is extra painful because not only do they not have a first-round pick, but if they had their own, it would be the No. 1 pick in the draft as things stand heading into Week 17. Barring a move to trade back into the first, the Panthers won’t be on the clock until the second round begins.

Panthers mock draft: Potential second-round pick

No. 33: WR Ladd McConkey, Georgia

Carolina’s wide receiving corps leaves something to be desired. They are expected to have Adam Thielen back, but D.J. Chark played in 2023 on a one-year deal. The Panthers need to get younger across their skill position players, and McConkey would have a lot of upside to pair with Young. It would allow Thielen to mentor a younger version of himself. The Panthers could also go with South Carolina WR Xavier Legette because they tend to like pass-catchers from that school that are more local. Ohio State’s Emeka Egbuka and Adonai Mitchell would be other options.

Not only do the Panthers not have a lot of draft capital, they have a ton of needs and big-name free agents. At the time of this writing, Carolina has not extended Brian Burns or Jeremy Chinn so they could use this pick to pick up some help at safety, linebacker or EDGE.