Panthers 2021 Draft: Studs and duds from Day 2 at Senior Bowl

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Quincy Roche – DE (Miami)

The Carolina Panthers don’t have the biggest of needs on their defensive front thanks to the unit’s progression throughout the campaign. Much will depend on whether they can re-sign Efe Obada and further development from second-round pick Yetur Gross-Matos, but this group has some outstanding potential with one or two more additions to boost depth.

If the Panthers go through the 2021 NFL Draft to add pieces, then Quincy Roche is staking his claim in no uncertain terms. The pass-rusher was electrifying for the second straight day during team activities and one-on-one situational drills, with his explosiveness and power coming across significantly in the process.

Although Roche and Matt Rhule didn’t cross paths from a coaching standpoint at Temple, the head coach will know all about the player from the recruitment process.

Roche also deserves a tremendous amount of credit for wanting to boost his draft stock by transferring to Miami, where he proved more than capable of mixing it at the very top of the college game with 4.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, 45 tackles, and two forced fumbles from 10 games.

The prospect has a relentless motor and although he might be classed as a little undersized for a defensive end at the next level, he boasts plenty of experience playing in the outside linebacker spot.

This is also an area where the Panthers might be looking to strengthen, so selecting Roche on day two cannot be ruled out if he continues to shine in the coming days.