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

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No. 110: Nick Eubanks – TE (Michigan)

Things haven’t worked out with Ian Thomas. The tight end has been a relative afterthought in the Carolina Panthers’ passing game in 2020 and this distinct lack of confidence in his ability to produce the goods when it matters most will probably result in the organization exploring different avenues once the campaign concludes.

Nick Eubanks is an athletic, rangy pass-catcher who can be lined up anywhere on the line of scrimmage. He might only have four catches for 68 receiving yards through three games this season. But there is a lot to like about his ability to get open quickly and use his 6-foot-5 frame to full effect.

Even if the Panthers decide to keep Thomas around on the final year of his deal, they’ll need another young prospect who can step in if things continue to trend on a downward curve.

No. 149: Ronnie Perkins – EDGE (Oklahoma)

Generating pressure in opposing backfields has been a significant problem for the Panthers this season. Brian Burns has been tremendous and second-rounder Yetur Gross-Matos has shown promise when healthy, but two men cannot do it all alone.

Ronnie Perkins is a versatile lineman who can play as an edge rusher or on the interior. He has recorded 12.5 sacks in 28 games for the Sooners and although he might be a little rough around the edges, he is an imposing figure that could make his presence felt on a rotational basis while learning what it takes in the NFL.