5 silent assassins on offense the Panthers could draft in 2021

(Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports) Quintin Morris
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Quintin Morris – TE (Bowling Green)

It’s no secret that the Carolina Panthers have to get more from their tight ends in 2021. This was an area of significant weakness after they opted to cut ties with prolific veteran Greg Olsen and although they did manage to bring in Dan Arnold during free agency, more will be needed.

Head coach Matt Rhule was keen to stress that taking a tight end prospect early in the draft isn’t something he’s planning on, although that could change if Kyle Pitts somehow falls into their laps at No. 8. The former Baylor man sees some value in the later rounds this year that the Panthers might be able to take advantage of, which could see someone like Quintin Morris enter the equation.

Morris saw his numbers decrease at Bowling Green in 2020, where he played just five games. But there is enough to suggest he could be a productive weapon in the NFL that can do it all from the position.

His catch dependability was encouraging overall, especially in critical moments across the middle. Morris is also a useful blocker in running downs, so providing the player can be coached up a little once he gets to the next level, someone is going to have a real player on their hands.

Carolina simply cannot go into the campaign with Arnold and Ian Thomas as their starting tight-end duo. So bringing Morris on board during Day 3 of the draft would be an enticing proposition with plenty of potential for further growth in a professional environment.