Panthers draft: Breaking down the top-two OT prospects in 2021

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Penei Sewell’s fit on the Carolina Panthers

Simply put, if Penei Sewell somehow made it all the way down to the Carolina Panthers at No. 8 overall, it would be a dream come true. The Oregon tackle has the potential to be the best edge protector entering the league in a generation and it is going to take a brave general manager that needs offensive line help to pass on him next month.

The Cincinnati Bengals hold all the cards here. It doesn’t appear as if the Atlanta Falcons will be taking Sewell as they look to get Matt Ryan some more weapons ahead of a crossroads campaign for the former NFL MVP. So if Joe Burrow sways the organization into taking Ja’Marr Chase, things get very interesting.

There is the presence of the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions to consider. But if the Panthers were to land Sewell, it appears to be a match made in heaven.

Putting Sewell on the left-hand side with Taylor Moton on the opposite end of the line would give them a bookend tandem of such quality never before seen in Carolina.

Although the player did opt-out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 health concerns, he has every tool needed to become a star at the next level in no time at all. Sewell’s also has the leadership qualities and character that would be of significant use and what Matt Rhule has sought in almost every new recruit since arriving from Baylor.

This is an opportunity the Panthers cannot afford to pass up if it presents itself. Worry about the quarterback later and who knows, maybe they’ll become a more attractive destination with Sewell at left tackle.