5 Ohio State prospects the Panthers should consider drafting in 2021

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Baron Browning – LB

Although Baron Browning had to settle for a rotational role for the majority of his time at Ohio State, the linebacker has all the physical attributes needed to make a real go of things in the NFL. He is a dominant sideline-to-sideline presence that comes with tremendous upside and seems to fit the mold of what Matt Rhule is trying to install across the roster.

Browning’s ability to play anywhere on the second level resulted in some inconsistent play at times. So once the prospect figures out what his best position is, someone is going to have a real player on their hands.

The athletic defender comes into the evaluation process high on momentum after a superb 2020 campaign that ended with 29 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, two passes defended, and two forced fumbles from just seven games. Browning has no trouble getting to the point of attack quickly in run support and also more than holds in own in coverage, although his technique needs a little refinement in this area.

Another potential area where Browning could impact proceedings thanks to his explosiveness is on blitz packages. The Carolina Panthers could use help in this area of the field – especially if rookie Jeremy Chinn is moved back to his preferred position of safety – and the player represents a strong option on day two of the 2021 NFL Draft.