5 offensive tackles the Panthers could target in the 2021 NFL Draft
Dillon Radunz – North Dakota State
Dillon Radunz is a promising young offensive tackle as well, though he may not have played his way to earning a spot as an immediate starter in the NFL. His successes on the field weren’t overly consistent, and unfortunately, he was unable to play much at all in 2020.
That said, if selected by the Carolina Panthers, Radunz could play second to Cam Erving at left tackle for a year or so before becoming a very impactful starter himself. However, it remains to be seen whether the free-agent signing can be a success protecting the edge considering his career struggles so far.
There’s nothing wrong with drafting a great player who can’t be a starter right away, especially if the Panthers use their first two draft picks on different positions entirely.
Jackson Carman – Clemson
Jackson Carman managed to play left tackle throughout the last three years of his college career with Clemson, and this experience really showed. That being said, he allowed at least one sack in each of those years with four quarterback takedowns being allowed in 2020 alone, according to Pro Football Focus.
Compared to the other prospects mentioned, Carman wasn’t able to find as much success at the position in question. However, as a third or perhaps a fourth-round pick, he would add more depth to the Panthers’ offensive line at a relatively fair price, and these are both good things.
However, just where he is going to go on Day 2 remains to be seen.