WFNZ radio host Nick Wilson joins Good Morning BT with Bo Thompson and Beth Troutman with his take on the Carolina Panthers' selection of offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu in the first round of the NFL draft.
The Carolina Panthers went into this year's NFL Draft needing to address a lack of depth at four key positions. One of those came immediately in the first round with the others coming in days two and three. Here's a brief overview of the picks made by GM Scott Fitterer and head coach Matt Rhule.
The former Gamecock is a very confident player with a brash demeanor he exhibits through his work on the field. He shows great competitive toughness in his willingness to match up against anyone and will often chirp in between plays. He finished his collegiate career with 101 tackles, 23 pass deflections and two interceptions in 30 games.
Lawrence was one of the few prospects invited to be on hand in Cleveland to greet NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Jacksonville ushers in a new era under coach Urban Meyer, nabbing the pro-style passer as the new face of the franchise. The Clemson star heads south to take the reins of a franchise that has struggled since its inception into the league 25 years ago.
Bridgewater signed a three-year, $63 million deal with the Panthers before last season, but renegotiated the final two years of his deal. Carolina will save a total of $32 million in cap space over the next two years. The Panthers will pay $7 million to Bridgewater and the Broncos will pick up $3 million of his salary.
Lawrence finishes the 2020 season as a runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting to Alabama's Devonta Smith and made it official as the presumptive top overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.