Panthers 2021 Draft: Post-Senior Bowl 7-round mock draft

(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports) Cornell Powell
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(Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports) Wyatt Davis /

Wyatt Davis – OG (Ohio State)

As stated previously, the Carolina Panthers need some substantial upgrades on their offensive line. This bears more significance on the interior, with John Miller and Chris Reed unlikely to play another down for the franchise after struggling for most of the 2020 season.

Someone like Wyatt Davis fits the bill at this spot. There is a chance the Ohio State lineman goes higher than this with a strong evaluation process. But if he falls into the early second round then the Panthers should consider him strongly.

Taking prospects to boost their protection early would be a smart move. Davis has the aggression and experience to be a plug and play starter that could go on to have a long and prolific career.

Richie Grant – S (Central Florida)

Of all the talented young prospects that Matt Rhule worked with during his time at the 2021 Senior Bowl, he identified Richie Grant as the one he’d most like to coach. The Central Florida safety had a tremendous week in Mobile, Alabama, making a series of impressive plays both at practice and when it was time to take the gridiron.

It’s not hard to see why Rhule is so impressed with Grant. He is tremendously gifted athletically and seems to have a nous for being around the ball in whatever role the player is asked to do.

This is not too dissimilar to the impact Jeremy Chinn made at the same event last year. And we all know how that turned out.