Best prospects remaining after first night of 2022 draft

Malik Willis

CHARLOTTE - The Panthers stayed put at six and drafted Ickey Ekwonu on Thursday night, filling a massive need on the offensive line and bringing home a local product who's been described as a "coach's dream."

However, since they didn't make any trades last night, the Panthers do not currently have a pick in Friday's second and third rounds.

General manager Scott Fitterer set a franchise record for draft-weekend trades last year, so anything can happen on Friday. Which means it's time to look at which prospects are still available

According to NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, the top prospects on the board this morning are Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean and Liberty quarterback Malik Willis. A little further down his prospect list is Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral.

ESPN.com has a similar prospect list with Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth listed as the third-best remaining prospect behind Dean and Willis.

Check out some of Jeremiah's best prospects remaining below:

Table inside Article
Prospect RankNameSchool
17LB Nakobe DeanGeorgia
26QB Malik WillisLiberty
28RB Breece HallIowa State
31DE Boye MafeMinnesota
32CB Andrew BoothClemson
33RB Kenneth Walker IIIMichigan State
34DE Arnold EbiketiePenn State
35CB Kyler GordonWashington
37DT Travis JonesConnecticut
38LB Christian HarrisAlabama
40QB Matt CorralMississippi
41S Jalen PitreBaylor
43T Bernhard RaimannCentral Michigan
44DE Nik BonittoOklahoma
45WR Skyy MooreWestern Michigan

The Panthers will be busy when Saturday rolls around, with five total picks.

They have a fourth-rounder (137th overall), two fifth-rounders (144th and 149th), a sixth-rounder (199th), and a seventh (242nd).

View photos of Panthers coaches and personnel leaders inside the draft room on Thursday night of the 2022 NFL Draft.

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