Projecting which positions the Panthers will draft in each round

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Which positions will the Carolina Panthers allocate to each round during what is sure to be an eventful 2021 NFL Draft weekend for the organization?

This year’s NFL Draft has the potential to be one of the more dramatic in recent memory. While some teams have already shown their hand to a certain extent, others like the Carolina Panthers are keen to be fluid and flexible depending on what happens before they are on the clock at No. 8 overall.

The Panthers have opened up a lot more options after trading for Sam Darnold from the New York Jets. Whether this gamble pays off or not is up for debate, but it allows freedom regarding a potentially elite recruit rather than settling for the fourth or even fifth quarterback coming off the board.

If things don’t work out with Darnold, then they can address the problem in 2020 when players like Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, or Russell Wilson might be available. Carolina gave up three draft picks over the next two years for Darnold, so getting the right pieces around him from the college ranks is the best way to go in no uncertain terms.

Nobody knows what the Panthers are going to do, which is the way it should be. Every avenue is available to them and Carolina can use this to their advantage. So it is going to be nothing short of fascinating just what transpires over the three-day selection period later this month.

With this in mind, we took a look and projected what positional groups the Panthers will go with across every round of the draft.