Panthers full 7-round mock draft after Sam Darnold trade

(Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) Sam Darnold
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(Syndication: Hawk Central) Chauncey Golston /

Round No. 6 (Pick No. 195)

Chauncey Golston – DE (Iowa)

After generating an extra late-round selection from the Houston Texans by trading down two spots so that they could get their hands on Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the Carolina Panthers got another option in their pursuit of getting pressure in opposing backfields by taking Chauncey Golston.

The prospect excels on early downs thanks to his size, power, and length. So at least from the outside looking in he represents a nice complementary piece to what Phil Snow already has at his disposal.

There are some limitations in terms of explosiveness. Golston will also need to add to his pass-rushing repertoire to make a real go of things in the NFL. But his high motor and willingness to learn means the prospect has upside worth exploring further.

Round No. 6 (Pick No. 212)

Kenny Yeboah – TE (Mississippi)

One area where the Carolina Panthers might be looking at reinforcing is at the tight end position. They did manage to bring in Dan Arnold from the Arizona Cardinals in free agency. But considering how disappointing Ian Thomas was in his bid to become Greg Olsen’s long-term successor, getting someone who is also familiar with the coaching staff is a smart move on Day 3.

This is where Kenny Yeboah comes in. The prospect has worked with Matt Rhule before from their time together at Temple and his transfer to Ole Miss in 2020 brought around the best statistical campaign of his college career despite the strength of competition in the SEC.

Yeboah is still scratching the surface of just how dominant he can be from a physical standpoint. He is a threat in the red zone, has some eye-catching route running qualities, and can also hold his own when it comes to blocking on the edge.