Where would Panthers 2020 class go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

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Bravvion Roy – Carolina Panthers DT

  • 2021 NFL Draft placing – 5th round

One of the more pleasing surprises from the 2020 NFL Draft came in the form of Bravvion Roy. The defensive tackle’s previous experience with head coach Matt Rhule from their time together at Baylor served him well and he was able to make his presence felt on a rotational basis during the season.

Roy may be lacking in elite conditioning – which resulted in strong starts to games before tailing off in the closing stages. But there is a lot to like about his potential for further improvements once this vital area improves.

The Carolina Panthers might look to the draft in pursuit of further reinforcing their options on the defensive line interior this month. However, if Roy was in this relatively thin class for prospects at the position, it would probably see him taken higher than he was last year.

Stantley Thomas-Oliver – Carolina Panthers CB

  • 2021 NFL Draft placing – 7th round

There is still some upside where Stantley Thomas-Oliver is concerned. The cornerback is learning the ropes after transitioning to the position from wide receiver in college and although there were some nice moments on a rotational role as a rookie, it’s clear there is much work to be done to cope with wideouts who will punish almost every mistake.

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Carolina made a shrewd move to pick Thomas-Oliver with their final selection last year to round off their all-defense class. As stated previously, this is a deep group of incoming college recruits at cornerback, so he’d probably be in line to get taken here again.