4 Curtis Samuel clones the Carolina Panthers can target this offseason

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With little in the way of financial resources available, the best route available for a potential Curtis Samuel replacement could be the 2021 NFL Draft. The Carolina Panthers’ attentions are currently focusing on defense during the initial stages of free agency, which could mean their incoming college recruits look far different from the class of 2020 that was the first time any NFL team had allocated every pick to bolster its defense.

Much will depend on how the Panthers’ quarterback position looks by this point. But general manager Scott Fitterer is looking to get into the draft process with the luxury of selecting the best player available, which would put Kadarius Toney into their thoughts if the wide receiver falls out of the first round.

The Panthers almost traded back into the first to select Yetur Gross-Matos last year before he fell into their laps at No. 38 overall. It doesn’t appear as if someone with the exceptional skill set of Toney will drop that far, so if Carolina identifies him as a prospect of interest, they’ll need to be decisive.

It’s hard not to like the way Toney goes about his business. He is electrifying with the ball in his hands and can be used in a similar fashion to which the Panthers deployed Samuel during his time with the franchise.