Ikem Ekwonu, OL (CAR)

Selected sixth overall by Carolina

The Panthers selected Ekwonu in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, sixth overall.

Ekwonu is the first tackle off the board and provides the Panthers with a desperately needed talent boost on an offensive line that probably still needs more help yet. The Panthers keep Ekwonu in state following a distinguished career at North Carolina State, and the expectation is he'll soon take over as Carolina's starting left tackle. Ekwonu has below average reach for a left tackle at 6-foot-4 with 34-inch arms, but he offsets any reach limitations with exceptional range (4.93-second 40) and otherwise has excellent anchor ability to move defenders.

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