Panthers 2021 draft: Trades galore in full 7-round mock draft

(Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) Justin Fields
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Round No. 3 (Pick No. 77)

James Hudson – OT (Cincinnati)

The Carolina Panthers still have a big hole that needs to be filled at tackle. They rightfully put the franchise tag on Taylor Moton while a long-term deal gets worked out, but there appears little chance of Russell Okung staying around after one year frustrated by injury problems.

Although he might be something of a work in progress, James Hudson has all the physical attributes that the Panthers have sought heavily over the last two years since Matt Rhule joined from Baylor. With a little more refinement, there is a big chance he can become a useful starter at the next level.

If Carolina chose to go in this direction, they can sign a veteran on a short-term deal to potentially fill the void until Hudson is ready to take the majority of snaps.

Round No. 3 (Pick No. 93)

Brevin Jordan – TE (Miami)

Another trade-up, anyone?

The Carolina Panthers did recently sign Dan Arnold in free agency to boost their pass-catching options at the tight end spot. But if they are in a position to acquire Brevin Jordan at the expense of a draft pick next year, they should pull the trigger.

Jordan has everything going for him. He is a reliable pass-catcher, has the athleticism to be a matchup nightmare anywhere across the line of scrimmage, and also comes with a surprising efficiency blocking either in run support or pass protection.

This would be the second year in a row that Carolina move up the draft board on day two. If Jordan can have anything like the same success as Jeremy Chinn, then it has the scope to make a substantial difference.