Panthers 2021 Draft: 7-round mock after first week of free agency

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Carolina Panthers trade No. 113 to the Patriots

The New England Patriots offered three picks to move up and select quarterback Jamie Newman. Bill Belichick has signed former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year extension – putting some outstanding weapons around him in the process – but there is a real temptation for them to take a potential long-term answer at the position this year.

This is a win-win for the Panthers. General manager Scott Fitterer has made no secret of his desire to generate more selections and he has a strong reputation for finding some real gems in the later rounds following his time with the Seattle Seahawks.

Round No. 4 (Pick No. 120)

Richard LeCounte – S (Georgia)

It looks as if the Panthers might be moving Jeremy Chinn back to his preferred position of safety after starring at outside linebacker during his rookie campaign. But they could still use another athletic young presence considering how inconsistent Juston Burris was in 2020.

Richard LeCounte ticks all the boxes. He is versatile enough to play on the backend or assist in the slot, with his communication ability and leadership skills another massive potential impact that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Round No. 4 (Pick No. 139)

Cameron Bynum – CB (California)

As of right now, Carolina hasn’t addressed their cornerback need in free agency. This is surely going to change with the number of veterans still on the market and bringing in another rotational pice like Cameron Bynum is something to consider over the draft weekend.

Bynum has a fluid movement going down the field and is as experienced as they come entering the next level. His tackling ability is of a high standard and if the prospect can work on improving consistency in coverage against quicker receivers, he could be a smart addition.