5 silent assassins on defense the Panthers could draft in 2021

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Which silent assassins on defense could the Carolina Panthers potentially target during the 2021 NFL Draft later this month?

The Carolina Panthers have plenty of work to do in the coming days before it’s time to embark on a crucial 2021 NFL Draft weekend. This has the potential to be a make-or-break one for the organization as they look to enter the postseason picture next season, which will only come with a strong group of college prospects who can come in and make an immediate impression.

Much has been made of the signings made by the Panthers in free agency. Carolina maximized almost every cent available to strengthen key positional groups, with their primary focus coming on the defensive side of things that should stand them in good stead moving forward.

Some experienced veterans with proven production were brought in at a fraction of the cost it normally would have taken before a shrinking salary cap became something every NFL team had to live with. This further adds to a unit that made some encouraging strides as the 2020 season went on and there is every chance young studs like Brian Burns, Jeremy Chinn, and Derrick Brown can thrive with better pieces around them.

Carolina Panthers should fine-tune their defense during the draft.

It’s more of a fine-tuning case on defense for the Panthers during the draft. Although it’s not a particularly deep class at some positions, there are still some players going relatively under the radar that could end up being diamonds in the rough.

With this in mind, here are five silent assassins on the defensive side of the ball that the Panthers might target in 2021.