10 potential Panthers draft targets whose stock rose at Senior Bowl
By Dean Jones
Baron Browning – LB (Ohio State)
When it comes to athleticism on defense, there were few better than Baron Browning at the 2021 Senior Bowl. The Ohio State linebacker is a fluid mover who has the instincts to be around the ball consistently, which should make him a day two pick once the NFL Draft rolls around.
The Carolina Panthers could use some reinforcements in an area where they struggled following Luke Kuechly’s shock retirement. They are welcoming back Christian Miller and undrafted rookie Jordan Mack after both opted-out due to COVID-19 health concerns, but someone like Browning would fit the mold of player Matt Rhule has searched for since arriving in the pros.
Shi Smith – WR (South Carolina)
There were plenty of exciting wide receivers in Mobile. But Shi Smith’s production made him one of those who really made their presence felt.
The South Carolina sensation was phenomenal on the first day of practice and overcame a slight injury problem to make a lasting contribution on gameday. This would be a popular selection by the Panthers given his ties to the area and Smith could get some substantial work from the word go with Curtis Samuel’s impending departure.
Creed Humphrey – IOL (Oklahoma)
Creed Humphrey has everything one looks for in a premier protector at the next level. He is aggressive, ruthless in finishing off plays, and has the ability to play as a center or one of the guard positions.
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Carolina needs help everywhere from a protection perspective. Someone like Humphrey definitely fits the bill and the leadership qualities he demonstrated throughout the week is another big factor in the player’s potential that shouldn’t be overlooked.