Panthers trade up for Zach Wilson in 7-round mock NFL Draft

(George Frey/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports) Zach Wilson
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Round 5 (Pick No. 152)

Jaylen Twyman – DT (Pittsburgh)

We make no apologies for mocking Jaylen Twyman to the Carolina Panthers in almost every single mock draft we’ve done in recent months. The Pittsburgh defensive tackle has plenty going for him and represents unbelievable value in the mid-to-late rounds considering his level of production in 2019.

Not playing during the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 health concerns seems to have left Twyman a little under the radar. But his potential as a three-technique or even rushing off the edge in certain situations is something the Panthers should take a long look at.

Twyman’s skill set seems to complement what Carolina already has on their defensive front, which made some significant strides as the season went on.

Round 5 (Pick No. 185)

Garret Wallow – LB (TCU)

Although things improved within the linebacker corps when Tahir Whitehead was taken out of the lineup, the Panthers might need some additional players in this area if they move Jeremy Chinn back to safety. Garret Wallow has a lot of the same attributes as the stud rookie – which stems from beginning his career on the backend – and his smooth adjustment to the second level at TCU has seen his draft stock soar as a result.

Wallow’s ability to get after opposing quarterbacks on blitz packages is exceptional. He is still a work in progress considering his relative lack of experience at the position. But the upside for further improvement cannot be ignored.