2021 NFL Draft: Dream target falls to the Panthers in 7-round mock
By Dean Jones
No. 12: Micah Parsons – LB (Penn State)
It would probably take the Carolina Panthers about five seconds to make this pick. Micah Parsons is one of the most talented players coming out of the college system this year and if the organization is in a position to take him, they shouldn’t hesitate.
Tahir Whitehead simply hasn’t worked out as a viable replacement for perennial All-Pro Luke Kuechly. He is clearly living on borrowed time in Carolina and bringing in a better linebacker should be their top priority either in free agency of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Parsons is an elite athlete who has a rare ability to be around the football consistently. Sitting out the season due to COVID-19 health concerns won’t impact his stock and putting him with Jeremy Chinn at the Panthers’ second level would be electrifying.
No. 44: Jaylen Twyman – DT (Pittsburgh)
It doesn’t appear as if the Panthers will be keeping Kawann Short around. The veteran defensive tackle has suffered some unfortunate injury problems in recent seasons and his $20.83 million salary-cap hit is sure to be trimmed that would represent a saving of around $9 million.
This makes getting a long-term partner for No. 7 overall pick Derrick Brown a significant need. The former Auburn standout has done well for the most part but it is essential for the player to have a more stable presence around him to take away some attention.
Jaylen Twyman fits the bill in no uncertain terms. He is a big body who is incredibly difficult to move off the block and his ability to get after the quarterback only enhances his chances at the next level.