WR power rankings ahead of Carolina Panthers training camp in 2021

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OMAR BAYLESS. 6. player. 87. . .

Omar Bayless – Carolina Panthers WR

This might be a little too high for some as far as Omar Bayless is concerned. Especially as he has yet to play a competitive NFL down after injury robbed him of his chance to make the roster in 2020.

However, his upside is there for all to see providing the player’s recovery from a knee injury suffers no further complications.

Bayless was one of college football’s most dynamic weapons at Arkansas State and was virtually unstoppable when in the mood. Although this wasn’t enough to get drafted, he took training camp by storm for the Carolina Panthers last summer and if he can do so again, a roster spot won’t be far behind.

If the Panthers feel like Bayless isn’t quite ready and needs more time, he is a prime practice squad candidate at the very least.

. SHI SMITH. 5. player. 87. .

Shi Smith – Carolina Panthers WR

Acquiring Shi Smith in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft comes with a significant amount of upside. The South Carolina product is exceptional at creating separation quickly from the slot, which is something that might be of some use right from the word go after Curtis Samuel left for the Washington Football Team.

Smith will go through some growing pains. However, if he can make his opportunities count early on, then it could see the player get more in the way of reps as the campaign progresses.

Hopes are high surrounding Smith, who is no stranger to the region and left a lasting impression on Carolina’s coaching staff at the Senior Bowl.