Which 2021 draft prospects have the Panthers met with so far?
Mike Strachan – Charleston (WR)
Although not a household name by any stretch of the imagination, Mike Strachan has the sort of physical attributes that were highly coveted by head coach Matt Rhule during his first season with the Carolina Panthers. The standard of competition wasn’t exactly stellar at Charleston, of that there is little doubt. But the wide receiver could have some upside if he’s allowed to develop at his own pace.
Strachan is unlikely to hear his name called unless a team takes a chance on him with a late-round flier. However, the Panthers found some diamonds in the rough in the undrafted free-agent market in Omar Bayless, Myles Hartsfield, and Sam Franklin last year, and perhaps the wideout will be the same if he ends up in Carolina.
The prospect has a huge wingspan of 6-foot-5 and is coming off a campaign where he hauled in 78 receptions for 1,319 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. Strachan recorded a score in 10 out of the 11 games he participated in, earning selection to both First Team All-MEC and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II All-American Second Team as a result of his outstanding efforts.
There is much work to be done for Strachan if he does make it to the NFL. But the athleticism and ability to make big plays consistently no matter the opposition is always a solid foundation from which to build.