Carolina Panthers Draft: 7-round all-offense mock draft

(Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports) Kyle Pitts
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Could the Carolina Panthers go all-offense in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Carolina Panthers made history but allocating every 2020 NFL Draft selection on the defensive side of the ball. Few would argue this wasn’t needed after an offseason of unbelievable change to player personnel and it seems as if the front office picked well for the most part if their impact during their rookie campaigns is any indication.

Derrick Brown, Bravvion Roy, Yetur Gross-Matos, and Stantley Thomas-Oliver have all shown promise. But the impression made by Jeremy Chinn has been the standout feature from the class of 2020 so far and the Carolina Panthers appear to have struck gold with the former Southern Illinois standout.

It promises to be another big offseason period for the Panthers, who will be aiming to take another leap forward with strong recruitment that could see them enter the playoff discussion next year if they make the right sort of moves.

Carolina focused on defense this year and there is a slight chance of them doing the opposite next time around. We used The Draft Network’s mock machine to see which direction the Panthers would go in from No, 7 overall if they went all-offense in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Pick No. 1:

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Kyle Pitts – TE (Florida)

There was a big temptation to take Ja’Marr Chase in this spot after he fell out of the top five. But adding a prolific pass-catching tight end that might end up being a generational talent is an opportunity the Panthers cannot pass up.

Kyle Pitts has everything one looks for. He is strong, fast, athletic, and seems to come up with big plays almost at will. Carolina hasn’t got anything in the way of solid production from their current tight end options after deciding to part ways with veteran Pro Bowler Greg Olsen in free agency. But the Florida sensation would change that in an instant.

Just how good Pitts can be is unclear. However, it’s hard to look at his exceptional physical attributes and not be confident in his potential to make a serious impact immediately.