4 best-case scenarios for Panthers during the 2021 NFL Draft

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Scott Fitterer brings late-round success to the Carolina Panthers

One of the primary reasons why Scott Fitterer was appointed general manager of the Carolina Panthers was his success during drafts with the Seattle Seahawks. The front office man played a leading role in bringing in some exceptional talent to the organization when most teams looked the other way, which also included taking a chance on a quarterback coming out of Wisconsin by the name of Russell Wilson in the third-round back in 2021.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

If Fitterer can come in and have similar success right from the off in his new position of power, then it is going to make a massive difference. Getting productive players late in the draft separates the good teams from the great, with Matt Rhule’s extensive knowledge of the college system sure to come in handy ahead of a critical weekend for the organization.

Another thing benefitting the Panthers is how deep this draft class is expected to be in problem areas on their roster. Reinforcements on the offensive line, secondary positions, and at the tight end spot are well worth considering in the later rounds. But taking the best player available is something Fitterer is also keen to do with a view to progressing the franchise.

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Fitterer has a tremendous reputation for unearthing diamonds from the rough. If he hits the ground running with his first batch of college recruits, then a playoff challenge won’t be far behind.