2021 NFL Draft: Dream target falls to the Panthers in 7-round mock

(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) Caden Sterns
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WAKE FOREST. Pick Analysis. WR. SAGESURRATT. 75. player. 889. Scouting Report

No. 75: Sage Surratt – WR (Wake Forest)

Whether the Carolina Panthers are willing to use one of their first few 2021 NFL Draft selections on a wide receiver will ultimately come down to what happens with Curtis Samuel. The do-it-all offensive weapon is on the final year of his rookie deal and the organization might not be able to prevent him from leaving next spring.

This would make getting in additional help necessary and the Panthers could do far worse than look in Sage Surratt’s direction. The Wake Forest star is a physically imposing individual who represents a matchup nightmare.

In just nine games for the Demon Deacons in 2019, Surratt recorded 66 receptions, 1,001 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns. He was unstoppable at times and the player is sure to see his stock rise further during the evaluation process.

TEXAS. CADENSTERNS. 113. player. 851. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. S

No. 113: Caden Sterns – S (Texas)

One of the more disappointing elements of the season has been the inconsistency of Tre Boston. The safety just hasn’t lived up to the three-year, $18 million deal given to him by the Panthers after a standout 2019 campaign, and their decision to take Kenny Robinson in the fifth round hasn’t gone according to plan.

Caden Sterns has an elite skill set that is sure to make a successful transition to the NFL. The Texas prospect excels in coverage and anticipates where the football is going superbly for someone so young. If he can work out how to make a difference in run support, someone is going to have a real player on their hands.