Matt Rhule’s rebuilding process with the Carolina Panthers was always going to be long. Last year, the team was better than expected in attack, but their defense was not very good at all. They also suffered from inconsistent play from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and the Panthers addressed that problem by trading Sam Darnold.
But can they bring another pin to Charlotte? With quarterbacks on the rise before the 2021 NFL Draft, it will be hard to pass up if one falls into their lap at No. 8 overall, lest they switch and capitalize on another team’s desire to take a quarterback from countryside.
With Darnold on board, Carolina is likely looking to strengthen her once-strong defense, a goal they tried to achieve last year by spending their seven draft picks on defense.
Here’s a look at the Panthers’ picks in the 2021 NFL Draft:
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2021 Panthers Draft Picks: When Does Carolina Pick?
- Round 1, Pick No. 8
- Round 2, Pick No. 39
- Round 3, Pick No. 73
- Round 4, Pick No. 113
- Round 5, Pick No. 151
- Round 6, Pick No. 193
- Round 6, Pick No. 222
Panthers 2021 NFL Draft Order
|6||38 (Compensatory selection)|
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Panthers NFL Draft Needs
- Attack player: Sam Darnold has a second chance to tap into his potential and lead the Panthers to the playoffs, but Carolina may still want a more dynamic quarterback to prepare. Justin Fields and Trey Lance could qualify and may also be interested in Mac Jones, whom they coached in the Senior Bowl.
- Supporter: At their peak, the Panthers had Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis patrolling the center of their defense at linebacker spots. Now, they have Shaq Thompson and free agent Denzel Perryman. Those two are solid, but adding a three-shot linebacker who does it all and can at least partially replicate Kuechly’s production would be a huge win for the Panthers defense.
- Cornerback: The Panthers never properly replaced James Bradberry after losing him during the 2020 offseason. They will have to find a way to do it in 2021 or their secondary could back down.
- Offensive line: Can the Panthers trust 2019 second-round pick Greg Little to be their starter at left tackle? Sure, but having a competition for him that is better than Trent Scott and Cameron Irving would be a step in the right direction.
- The wide receiver: DJ Moore and Robby Anderson are a great double hit at the receivers’ spot, but the Panthers lost versatile slot machine Curtis Samuel to Washington this offseason. This is a great draft to land a slot replacement mid-round that would give them a really strong top 3 at the WR position.
Draft 2021 mock panthers
Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Panthers, based on Vinnie Iyer’s mock seven-round draft:
|1||8||Caleb Farley||CB||Virginia Tech|
|two||7||Pat freiermuth||TO||Penn State|
|3||9||Amon-Ra St. Brown||WR||USC|
|4||8||Thomas Graham Jr.||CB||Oregon|
|6||38||D’Ante Smith||Old Testament||East Carolina|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.