5 key men behind the Carolina Panthers draft process in 2021

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David Tepper – Carolina Panthers Owner

Although team owner David Tepper now has his guys in place to make the decisions needed to move the franchise forward, he is a man who isn’t afraid to throw his weight around if he thinks it will benefit the organization.

The billionaire has invested a tremendous amount of his substantial wealth not only to purchase the Carolina Panthers from Jerry Richardson. But also in putting some ambitious plans in place to completely revolutionize things away from the gridiron.

Tepper has been relatively patient when it comes to rebuilding from the bottom up so far. The Panthers haven’t had anything like a winning team since he took over, so it won’t be much longer before he wants to see a return on his investment.

There was little doubt that Tepper was a driving force behind Carolina pursuing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson so aggressively. According to Albert Breer, the owner even went so far as doing some final due diligence regarding the quarterback’s legal matter before giving the green light to trading for Sam Darnold.

This was an exceptional circumstance for an exceptional player.

But if Tepper sees someone he truly likes in the draft, then his influence might sway the Panthers into altering slightly from their original plans.