3. Carolina Panthers
Like the Dolphins and Steelers, the Carolina Panthers were held back by turgid offensive line play in 2021. Their quarterback conundrum didn’t help matters, but whoever was under center was never afforded much time. The Panthers’ offensive line finished 29th in pass block win-rate and 26th in run block win-rate and their starting left tackle, Cam Erving, finished with a PFF grade of 56.0 – 73rd out of 82 qualified offensive tackles. Yikes.
However, unlike the Dolphins and Steelers, the Panthers have – on paper, at least – some serviceable offensive linemen. Matt Paradis is 32 years old but is still an above-average NFL center while right tackle Taylor Moton is one of the league’s more underrated right tackles.
Pairing Brown with Moton and Paradis gives the Panthers the foundations of a real, functional offensive line and the combination of the two tackles would be one of the better duos in the league. There’s nothing wrong with building from the outside in.