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NFL Draft 2023: Carolina Panthers select Ole Miss WR Jonathan Mingo in second round

The Mississippi native joins No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Texas A&M Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t long into the second round before the first Ole Miss Rebel heard his name called to join The League. With pick number 39, the Carolina Panthers select Jonathan Mingo.

And with that, a lifelong dream came true for the wide receiver from Brandon, Miss. who wore the quintessential No. 1 jersey as the prime target. Previous No. 1 wearers include Laquon Treadwell and AJ Brown in recent years.

Mingo charted his own path at Ole Miss through COVID, injuries and changes in quarterbacks. He adds a fairly prototypical size to the Panthers WR room plus some speed with a sub 4.5 forty yard dash.

The Panthers spent the number one overall pick on Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, but another QB on the roster, Matt Corral, should definitely be familiar with what Mingo can do on the field.

Ole Miss has become a candidate for WRU over the last decade with several picks going in the first few rounds and former players excelling at the highest level of competition. Mingo is just the latest version of what should be a talented receiver who can rack up yards after the catch for the Panthers.

With the Panthers in a potentially wide-open NFC South that is Tom Brady-less, the Carolina front office looks to be adding offensive weapons to try and compete over the next several years.