Panthers land Trey Lance and 12 picks in 7-round 2021 NFL Draft mock

(Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images) Trey Lance
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Third-Round Pick (No. 72)

Creed Humphrey – C (Oklahoma)

The Carolina Panthers might release Matt Paradis ahead of time this offseason to save themselves more than $5 million on the salary cap. His level of production hasn’t been up to the required standard and this is a deep class for offensive linemen that the organization needs to take advantage of.

Creed Humphrey would be a tremendous addition. He is a formidable presence to move off the block and has enough experience to communicate well on the line of scrimmage from day one.

This also represents a cheaper option than Paradis, which shouldn’t be overlooked in the current climate.

Carolina Panthers trade No. 73 overall selection

Another trade for the Panthers sees them drop down 11 places in the third-round to generate two extra picks later on in the draft. This fits the desire of Scott Fitterer and provides Carolina with some additional college recruits that can shape their roster with finances tight.

Third-Round Pick (No. 77)

Brevin Jordan – TE (Miami)

Ian Thomas is not the long-term replacement for Greg Olsen. So the Panthers need to seek a better alternative in the 2021 NFL Draft that can grow along with their talented young roster.

A player with the physical attributes of Brevin Jordan is a possibility at this stage of the draft. He is a matchup nightmare from the slot, on the outside, or in the red zone, with his prowess blocking on the edge another notable feature of his game that will transition well.

Jordan might end up going higher than this thanks to his outstanding skill set. But in this particular simulation, he fell to No. 77 and this is an easy pick for Carolina to make.