5 offensive tackles the Panthers could target in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Samuel Cosmi – Texas

Samuel Cosmi may or may not be available for the Carolina Panthers by the time they make their second-round pick at No. 39 overall. But if he is, the Texas star already has a strong case to immediately become their starting left tackle.

With 1,548 snaps played at the position over his last two seasons of college football, Cosmi did a pretty bang-up job protecting quarterback Sam Ehlinger, which is reflected by some encouraging grades from Pro Football Focus.

While his overall playing ability may not be unanimously described as someone with a first-round caliber, I think he’d fit right in with the Panthers without causing any debate about where he fits best on any given offensive line. The only concern here would be potentially having to trade up a few picks to secure him if they went in a different direction at No. 8.

Liam Eichenberg – Notre Dame

Another player who will likely be drafted within the top 40 picks this year, Liam Eichenberg would make a great addition given his experience and recent accomplishments. The former Notre Dame standout rarely allows opposing linemen to generate pressure and has shown clear improvement after each season played and he knows the left tackle position very well.

As a player who was actually able to play college football during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eichenberg made the most of it on the field. In fact, one could rank him slightly above Cosmi if it weren’t for the fact he is less athletic overall.

Make no mistake, though, Eichenberg would be a fantastic addition to the Panthers’ roster.