Panthers 2021 Draft: Defense forms early focus in Week 11 mock draft

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No. 41: Dylan Moses – LB (Alabama)

Dylan Moses could just be the man to fill the void left by Luke Kuechly after his retirement this offseason. Replicating what the legendary linebacker brought to the Carolina Panthers over an eight-year career won’t be easy. But the Alabama standout has a lot of likable physical attributes that can make a smooth transition to the pros.

He is an imposing figure at the second level who has a solid football IQ that allows him to get to the point of attack quickly. Moses comes from an elite program and seems to be back to full health after a serious injury forced him to miss the 2019 campaign.

The Panthers have gotten nothing in the way of production from their middle linebacker spot this season and this should be one of their top priorities either during free agency of the 2021 NFL Draft.

No. 73: Walker Little – OT (Stanford)

Pittsburgh’s defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman has been our pick here over the last few weeks, but in this particular draft simulation, he was off the board. That being said, the Panthers would benefit greatly from taking Walker Little, who is a stout edge protector that could make a real difference from year one.

There are some questions regarding Little’s technique. However, this is something that can be coached up thanks to the player’s outstanding work ethic and elements of his game such as footwork and hand placement are already of a high standard.

Carolina’s offensive line has suffered some struggles on the left-hand side with Russell Okung missing the last few games through injury. It doesn’t appear as if the veteran to Bowler will be brought back, which means more reinforcements will be essential.