Panthers Draft: 5 players Carolina missed out on in 2020

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Danny Pinter, Carolina Panthers
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Danny Pinter – OG – (Ball State)

The Carolina Panthers did not pick up an offensive guard in the draft. But that does not mean they were not on the lookout for one in the mid-to-late rounds.

Ball State prospect Danny Pinter represented good value in the fifth round as a development project that could eventually emerge as a starter. This was something that was also recognized by the Indianapolis Colts, who took the player 149th overall and three spots ahead of the Panthers.

Pinter is an aggressive individual with heavy hands that has starting potential in the NFL. His footwork and hand placement do need some work if he is going to cope with bigger defensive lineman at the next level. But that is something that can easily be coached up by the Colts.

The Panthers eventually went with another safety in the fifth round. Kenny Robinson’s colorful career to date saw him become the first XFL player to be drafted into the NFL. He comes with a serious upside and could be a real steal for the Panthers.

There is no substitute for professional experience, which is an advantage Robinson has over all other college prospects. Hopefully, his character issues are a thing f the past and he received glowing references during the evaluation process.