4 ways the Carolina Panthers can replace Kawann Short in 2021

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Carolina Panthers draft a DT

The most cost-effective option for the Carolina Panthers if they want to replace Kawann Short this offseason is picking up an exciting college recruit in the 2021 NFL Draft.

This isn’t the deepest class in recent memory for interior defensive linemen, of that there is little doubt. But new general manager Scott Fitterer has a strong reputation for finding diamonds in the rough during later rounds and hopefully this is a trend that can continue this spring.

Given their current options on the depth chart, any potential prospect wouldn’t have a tremendous amount of responsibility to make an immediate impression. This gives Carolina the enticing option to wait and identify someone with a high upside that can be utilized as a rotational piece whilst getting up to speed.

Names that warrant consideration are Tyler Shelvin out of LSU, Florida State’s Marvin Wilson, Daviyon Nixon from Iowa, or even Pittsburgh’s outstanding interior pass-rusher, Jaylen Twyman.

Any of these options would help considerably and will be available on day two barring a miraculous surge up a team’s draft board between now and then. Fitterer has made no secret of his desire to generate more in the way of selections during this part of the weekend, so the likelihood of the Panthers selecting a defensive tackle with room for growth is high.