Panthers draft: Could Dyami Brown be a luxury pick in Round 2?
Could the Carolina Panthers draft wide receiver Dyami Brown as a potential luxury NFL Draft selection in 2021 should the opportunity arise?
Although the Carolina Panthers draft process should involve specific needs initially that are there for all to see, general manager Scott Fitterer is keen to adopt a mindset of taking the best player available at the time. This is a luxury normally associated with contending teams with loaded rosters, but the acquisition of quarterback Sam Darnold from the New York Jets at least opens up more options for the organization as they look to make more of an impression during Year 2 of Matt Rhule’s reign.
Much will depend on which way the Panthers go with their first-round pick. It doesn’t appear likely that any of the top-four or even five quarterbacks will be around by the time Carolina is on the clock, which is something they probably envisaged due to their move for Darnold.
This early run on signal-callers might work in Carolina’s favor, with some of the best prospects at other positional groups set to be available. Rhule has stated he wants flexibility with any potential decision they make over the all-important draft weekend, which Darnold gives them providing he can hit the ground running in a different environment.
Although it might not necessarily be the biggest need, wide receiver is an area Carolina could look to strengthen early if the right player is around. Dyami Brown is no stranger to the Panthers’ fanbase having played his college football at North Carolina, where he emerged as a stud after thriving over the last two seasons with the Tarheels.
Brown has everything one looks for in a top wideout at the next level. He has the speed to torch opposing cornerbacks going down the field and the skill set to assist from the slot when needed.
The prospect achieved back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2019 and 2020, gaining 20 touchdowns during this span and also recording more than 20 yards-per-reception in both campaigns. Brown possesses a competitive edge that really sets him apart and providing he can add more to his route-running arsenal, someone is going to have a real player on their hands.
Will the Carolina Panthers draft Dyami Brown?
This would be a popular pick, of that there is little doubt. However, this is once again another extremely deep draft class for wide receivers and there might be more value to be had later down the pecking order where the Panthers are concerned.
Picking the best player available is nice in theory. But it is essential for Carolina to pick up a franchise left tackle and a starting-caliber cornerback before they can address other areas that look a little bit stronger from the outside looking in.
The temptation will obviously be there.
Brown has the potential to step in and fill the void left by Curtis Samuel after the former Ohio State star bolted for the Washington Football Team in free agency, although the signing of David Moore from the Seattle Seahawks has the scope to be a great pickup for the passing game.
Brown is going to make an NFL team very happy. Only time will tell whether he’ll be playing his professional football in the same area where he thrived in college.