Panthers draft rumors: Kyle Pitts, Penei Sewell, Teddy Bridgewater, meetings

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Carolina Panthers hold two more virtual meetings

The Carolina Panthers are doing things a little differently during the evaluation process thanks to the obvious concerns surrounding COVID-19. Meetings are taking place virtually with prospects outside of their face-to-face encounters during pro days, which made the team’s decision to coach at the 2021 Senior Bowl even more vital to their plans.

Two more meetings reportedly took place over the last few days, according to Carolina talked a little more to Frank Darby, who impressed in Mobile and comes into the draft process on the back of a college career at Arizona State that saw the wide receiver gain 1,317 yards and 13 touchdowns from 67 receptions.

The Panthers could still use some additional depth at the wideout spot following Curtis Samuel’s departure to the Washington Football Team in free agency. Darby is seen as a work in progress that might be able to make a difference on special teams while developing his craft.

Another prospect who is said to have met with Carolina recently is Jacob Harris, a tight end out of Central Florida who caught the eye in 2020 with 539 receiving yards and eight scores from just 30 receptions.

Walter Football now lists Carolina’s recent meetings throughout the assessment process at five, although many more will have taken place at pro days across the country.

  • Frank Darby – (WR) Arizona State
  • Jacob Harris – (TE) Central Florida
  • Deommodore Lenoir – (CB) Oregon
  • Mike Strachan – (WR) Charleston
  • Avery Williams – (CB) Boise State

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Whether these come to anything or not remains to be seen. The Panthers are doing their due diligence – and rightfully so – during a critical period before final decisions are made. So gaining additional insight into potential targets is pretty much standard procedure.