Panthers 2021 NFL mock draft: The Deshaun Watson edition

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Round 5 (Pick No. 153)

Jaylen Twyman – DT (Pittsburgh)

It’s looking increasingly unlikely that Jaylen Twyman will be around by this point. But, at least for now, the simulator makes the stud defensive tackle available to the Carolina Panthers at No. 153 overall once again.

Twyman has a rare ability to generate consistent pressure from the interior, which is always a hot commodity across the league. His skills look to complement those of Derrick Brown, who made a big impression during his rookie year in Carolina and is a sure-fire cornerstone to future success.

The Pittsburgh prospect has reportedly added some considerable muscle mass in recent months after opting-out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 health concerns. This will only help his cause in the NFL and the sky is the limit for Twyman providing his transition is a smooth one.

Round 5 (Pick No. 185)

Sadarius Hutcherson – OG (South Carolina)

As stated previously, the Panthers need to get young, hungry individuals on their offensive line who can assist from the word go. This bears more significance with the organization landing Deshaun Watson in this scenario and someone like Sadarius Hutcherson represents a solid pick that could end up being a day one starter with a little coaching up.

Hutcherson is no stranger to the area having played his college football at South Carolina, where he was a four-year starter at almost every position. He is best suited to guard once he gets to the NFL and providing his hand placement improves, there is a lot to like about the prospect’s potential for further progress.