Who is Delano Hill and how can he help the Panthers in 2021?

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The Carolina Panthers picked up another safety to boost their depth, but how could Delano Hill help the team if he makes the roster in 2021?

It was surprising that the Carolina Panthers did not address their obvious need for safety help during the 2021 NFL Draft. They came away from the three-day selection process with 11 picks thanks to some expert maneuvering from general manager Scott Fitterer, but they didn’t end up taking any of the college prospects available.

This left them a little short of options on the backend, which has not gone unnoticed by the front office. The Panthers announced on Sunday they’d agreed to terms with Delano Hill, a former third-round pick who was not brought back by the Seattle Seahawks this offseason.

Hill is no stranger to Fitterer, who was the co-director of player personnel in Seattle when they took the player out of Michigan. Things did not go according to plan in 2020 for the defensive back, who appeared in just two games. So whether linking up with a young defense on the up in Carolina will rejuvenate his career remains to be seen.

It is a low-risk, high reward move by the Panthers that hasn’t exactly cost the earth.

Not many will know much about Hill or what he could possibly bring to the table with a smooth transition. So we took a deeper look into Carolina’s newest defender, his career so far, and just what the team potentially sees in him.