Why LSU DT Tyler Shelvin is a big-time fit on the Carolina Panthers
Could LSU’s imposing defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin be exactly what the Carolina Panthers are looking for during the 2021 NFL Draft?
Much has been made of the exciting new recruits brought to the Carolina Panthers in pursuit of further progression on the defensive side of the ball. The organization has been shrewd with the money available to bolster a unit that made some encouraging strides as the 2020 campaign went on, so it would be a huge surprise not to see more improvements once competitive action rolls around in 2021.
The likes of Haason Reddick, Morgan Fox, and Denzel Perryman are significant additions to the front seven, with cornerback A.J. Bouye another eye-catching arrival who could lock up the opposite side of the field to Donte Jackson if the veteran returns to the form of old after a disappointing stint with the Denver Broncos.
However, there appears to be a glaring need at the defensive tackle position.
Derrick Brown looks like a stud in the making after a fantastic rookie season from the No. 7 overall selection in 2020. But the Panthers released both Kawann Short and Zach Kerr ahead of time this offseason who have yet to be replaced.
Fox demonstrated during his time with the Los Angeles Rams that he can play the three-technique well. This will undoubtedly help but adding a more stereotypical interior lineman who can make his presence felt against the run would be a welcome move at some stage during the 2021 NFL Draft.
If this is the path Carolina chooses to go down, then Tyler Shelvin is a prospect that warrants more than a second look. The LSU star is a national championship-winner with the Tigers who lived up to his billing as a five-star high school recruit in no uncertain terms throughout a glittering college career.
Shelvin is sure to make his presence felt at the next level. But just how well would he fit on the Panthers?