Panthers full 7-round mock draft after Sam Darnold trade

(Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) Sam Darnold
(Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) Sam Darnold /
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(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) Jaylen Twyman /

Round No. 4 (Pick No. 113)

Jaylen Twyman – DT (Pittsburgh)

Considering how much Jaylen Twyman helped his draft stock at Pittsburgh’s pro day – which drew comparisons with All-Pro Aaron Donald – the Carolina Panthers take no chances here and take him in the fourth round rather than waiting to see if he makes it down further. This appears highly unlikely at this juncture and there is every chance the stud defensive tackle will go much higher than this when it’s all said and done.

We have made no secret about how much Twyman would help the Panthers. He is a human wrecking ball on the interior that has a lot of similar traits to Donald – who also played for Pittsburgh on his way to being a first-round pick by the Los Angeles Rams.

Expecting the same level of impact from Twyman is unrealistic, at least initially.

Donald is arguably the NFL’s best defender after a sensational career so far. Anyone expecting the same where this prospect is concerned might be out of luck during his adjustment from college to the pros, which he’s had extra time to prepare for after opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 health concerns.

That being said, Twyman generates considerable pressure and could form a profitable partnership with Derrick Brown if given the opportunity. Despite having to take him one round higher than in recent mock drafts, it could still be a high-value selection.