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Panthers select Jonathan Mingo with the No. 39 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft

Carolina gets a new wide receiver.

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With the 39th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers have selected Jonathan Mingo, a wide receiver from Ole Miss.

Mingo is a big guy who technically spent most of his college career as a slot receiver, but has lined up everywhere from X to tight end. He brings size, versatility, a willingness to fight for contested catches, and an apparent willingness to block.

Add all of that to a guy who has insane athelticism and you get a guy who is a decent depth pick this year with the potential to grow into big name in the Panthers offense. Don’t forget that he’s a rookie in a crowded wide receiver room in Carolina, but all of those traits will help him find the field early and often.

You also shouldn’t expect a huge jump from him right away. His college production implies a strong need for development (or better utilization) in the NFL. At Ole Miss, Mingo caught 112 pass for 1758 yards and 12 touchdowns. That was across a four year career. His senior year was the only year he exceeded 30 catches, he caught 51 passes then for 861 yards and 5 touchdowns.

The Panthers top remaining draft needs:

Edge, LB, CB, DL

The Panthers picks in the 2023 NFL Draft:

  • Round 1 (1) Bryce Young
  • Round 2 (39) Jonathan Mingo
  • Round 3 (93)
  • Round 4 (114)
  • Round 4 (132)
  • Round 5 (145)