Carolina Panthers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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Carolina Panthers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

2021 NFL Draft

Carolina Panthers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Carolina Panthers draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.


Carolina Panthers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis

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The draft got strong late, but there’s one big question early. After going all defense with the 2020 draft, passing up on DeVonta Smith and a slew of other receivers for CB Jaycee Horn was big. Horn had better be amazing – corner was a loaded position and Carolina paid retail at the 8 ahead of Patrick Surtain. However …

The Panthers needed a corner, and Horn really is a good prospect. Grabbing Terrace Marshall in the second was a great find for the receiving corps, and South Carolina’s Shi Smith in the sixth was even stronger. Forget the fun story about head coach Matt Rhule’s wife wishing for – and getting – Chuba Hubbard, the Oklahoma State running back was a steal in the fourth.

The blocking should be stronger. Alabama OG Deonte Brown in the six was ridiculously good value, and getting Notre Dame TE Tommy Tremble in the third is a tone-setter – all he does is hit.

Best Value Pick: OG Deonte Brown, Alabama, 6th round, 193rd overall

Biggest Reach: TE Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame, 3rd round, 83rd overall

Late Flier That Could Work: WR Shi Smith, South Carolina, 6th round, 204th overall

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Carolina Panthers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks

1 (8) CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
2 (59) – WR Terrace Marshall, LSU
3 (70) – OT Brady Christensen, BYU
3 (83) – TE Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame
4 (126) – RB Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
5 (158) – DT Daviyon Nixon, Iowa
5 (166) – CB Keith Taylor, Washington
6 (193) – OG Deonte Brown, Alabama
6 (204) – WR Shi Smith, South Carolina
6 (222) – LS Thomas Fletcher, Alabama
7 (232) – DT Phil Hoskins, Kentucky

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After going all defense with the seven picks last year – and doing a terrific job at building up the talent – it’s time to give some help to the offensive side. That doesn’t mean the Panthers can’t use more help for the secondary – that can be addressed in bulk later – but if last year was about defense, defense, defense, now it’s about the other side.

The Panthers will have their choice of top offensive linemen at the 8. It’ll be tempting to trade out of the spot – and they might considering the depth at tackle – but they have to work on the offensive line with the premium pick because …

The wide receivers will be there at the 39. This is a very, very, very deep class at receiver, and the Panthers can give Sam Darnold a speedy option among at least four prospects who should be worthy of the early second round slot.

Carolina Panthers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks

1 DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
2 DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
2 S Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois
4 CB Troy Pride, Notre Dame
5 S Kenny Robinson, West Virginia
6 DT Bravvion Roy, Baylor
7 CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver, FIU

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