Panthers 2021 Draft: Pre-free agency 7-round mock draft

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Chazz Surratt
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(Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports) Teven Jenkins /

Round No. 2 (Pick No. 42)

Teven Jenkins – OT (Oklahoma State)

A trade down to acquire more picks is something that Scott Fitterer clearly wants to do if his introductory press conference was any indication. As stated previously, the new general manager picked up some real diamonds in the rough from the later rounds as director of college scouting in Seattle, so the more picks the Carolina Panthers can generate, the better.

In this simulator, the New York Giants moved up in order to select Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney after he fell out of the first round. Carolina gets two extra selections as part of the deal and also selected an outstanding prospect to bolster their edge protection in the process.

Teven Jenkins might not be generating the buzz of Rashawn Slater and Penei Sewell, but that does not detract from what an outstanding professional he could become. He has versatility playing across the line of scrimmage and thrived at Oklahoma State as a right tackle over his final two years at the collegiate level.

Jenkins has heavy hands and enough in the way of technique to be considered a plug-and-play starter at one position. The Panthers need interior help and also someone to protect the blindside, so whether this would involve Taylor Moton moving over to left tackle in this scenario is up for debate.

That being said, Jenkins is of tremendous value here and someone who might even go late in the first round depending on how the draft plays out.