4 tight ends the Carolina Panthers should target in the 2021 NFL Draft
By Dean Jones
Jake Ferguson – Wisconsin
Although Jake Ferguson has had to cope with a carousel of starting quarterbacks during his time at Wisconsin, this hasn’t impacted his ability to feature prominently in their passing attack.
The tight end has plenty of useful skills that could make a successful transition to the NFL. Ferguson is seen as a pass-catcher at the position rather than a blocking presence at this point and it will be interesting to see what sort of adjustments the player has made during the offseason once Big Ten Football finally gets underway in the coming weeks.
Ferguson isn’t afraid to catch the ball under pressure at the second level. He also has some surprising burst that allows him to gain valuable yards after the catch which is another useful tool to call upon for any signal-caller.
He is projected to be a mid-round draft pick at this point. But this is something that might change if Ferguson shows out during his third year in college as he looks to build on the 69 receptions, 863 receiving yards, and six touchdowns the player has amassed so far from 17 games.
Ferguson might take a little time to make adjustments to the next level. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady has worked well with players at the position prior to arriving with the Carolina Panthers, but whether he is going to be the subject of head coaching offers next spring is improving with every passing game.