Which 2021 NFL Draft prospects fit the bill as the Carolina Panthers look for a Tre Boston replacement?
The Carolina Panthers made one of their more eye-catching moves of the offseason so far when they released veteran Tre Boston just one year removed from his new contract. His production in 2020 diminished significantly from that which earned him the extension in the first place and the move frees up some much-needed funds that could mean the organization becomes a bigger player in free agency.
Boston will be missed, especially in the locker room where his enthusiasm and motivation always commanded the highest respect. But the simple fact of the matter is the former North Carolina standout wasn’t the assured presence on the backend the Panthers were hoping for.
There is the real prospect of Jeremy Chinn being moved back to a position where he starred in college for Southern Illinois. However, Carolina should also be looking towards the 2021 NFL Draft for a long-term option, especially considering Juston Burris’ uncertain future.
With this in mind, here are four incoming college prospects that the Panthers should consider as a possible long-term replacement for Boston.
Safety Prospect No. 1
Trevon Moehrig – TCU
If the Carolina Panthers are looking for a ballhawk who can come in and make an immediate impression, then Trevor Moehrig should be high on the shortlist. The TCU star possesses supreme athleticism that is matched by a high football IQ that enables him to be around the football consistently.
Just where Moehrig is going to land in the draft is another matter. Many project him to be right on the first-round border. But it would be a huge shock if he fell into the mid-second-round so if Carolina wants to bring him to the organization, they might have to do it with their No. 39 overall selection.
Moehrig has it all and would perhaps even be an immediate upgrade on Boston if he adjusts well. Other positions might take priority in the early rounds, but such a dynamic player should definitely be considered.