Carolina Panthers draft: 5 Big Ten players on the radar in 2021

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Carolina Panthers Prospect No. 5: Cameron McGrone (LB) – Michigan

Although there is a possibility that Cameron McGrone returns to Michigan. If he does decide to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, he is a player that could end up being Luke Kuechly’s long-term replacement for the Carolina Panthers.

McGrone has one season of exceptional production from a starting role. And the linebacker is riding on the crest of a wave.

This has been halted by the cancellation of the Big Ten football season. But given the uncertainty surrounding the current climate, it would be a huge surprise if the player did not enter the draft.

He has all the makings of a real star at the next level. McGrone is a sideline-to-sideline presence at the second level. And the player boasts an exceptional blend of size, impressive power, and explosiveness.

The sky is the limit for McGrone, who has only ten starting games of experience with the Wolverines. He recorded 65 combined tackles, 38 solo tackles, nine tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one pass deflection, and one forced fumble in 2019. And although missing an entire season is not ideal. His skill set is something that should command considerable interest during the evaluation process.

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McGrone will need to improve his ability to cover in passing situations. But this is something that should improve with more reps under his belt. He represents a highly intriguing prospect for the Panthers. And he could be the answer to their prayers after Kuechly called it a day earlier this offseason.