5 NFL Draft targets in every round for the Carolina Panthers in 2021

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Carolina Panthers round No. 5 targets

  • Osa Odighizuwa – DT (UCLA)
  • Kenny Yeboah – TE (Ole Miss)
  • Talanoa Hufanga – S (USC)
  • Sadarius Hutcherson – OG (South Carolina)
  • Chauncey Golston – DE/OLB (Iowa)

Once the first few picks have been decided upon by the Carolina Panthers, it should hopefully be a case of fine-tuning the roster during Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Those in power managed to pick up a couple of promising prospects last year at this stage in the form of Bravvion Roy and Stantley Thomas-Oliver, with Scott Fitterer’s knowledge and proven success late in the draft well documented.

Matt Rhule recently said that he feels there might be some value to be found at the tight end position late in the draft. This is a problem that the Panthers need to solve at some stage, with Kenny Yeboah having previous connections to the head coach from their time together at Temple and now has proven SEC experience and production under his belt after transferring to Ole Miss in 2020.

Osa Odighizuwa could be a development project similar to Roy that Carolina takes on at defensive tackle, with former USC safety Talanoa Hufanga possessing a lot of the same attributes sought heavily by the Panthers during the 2020 draft.

Another local program player might also be on the shortlist here. Sadarius Hutcherson has plenty of ferocity and pass-blocking potential from the interior and the South Carolina product turned in solid pro day performance in front of Rhule during the assessment process.

If Chauncey Golston is available, he is also well worth considering to boost Carolina’s pass-rush that now consists of Brian Burns. Haason Reddick, Yetur Gross-Matos, and three-technique Morgan Fox.