What would a perfect first round look like for the Panthers in 2021?

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After an eventful offseason of mass change, the Carolina Panthers have become a more competitive bunch in 2021. But which players can the team focus on during the 2021 NFL Draft?

Any NFL fan could complete a mock draft. From the occasional onlooker to a senior network manager, and some may be right. But it takes a real supporter of a specific team such as the Carolina Panthers to know and understand a team’s true needs and values.

From watching the team on game days to injuries, decline, contractual fulfillments, and other conditions, it seems as though no one mock draft will satisfy fans of all the different NFL teams. But the truth is, most national mocks aren’t done with specific organizations in mind, and if they are, then they’re biased.

For the Panthers, multiple mocks have been publicized and featured that are so wide-ranging that it would infuriate the Carolina faithful. Mocks ranging from doubling up on a quarterback early to wide receivers, tight ends, offensive linemen, linebackers, cornerbacks, and even trading back with a hated division rival.

But what would true Panther fans do? What moves would make sense enough to be adequate and rationally sound? And what would the perfect first-round scenario look like for the organization in 2021?

In truth, only head coach Matt Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer know for sure. Both have extensive knowledge of the college system, so their judgment should be trusted until proven otherwise.