6 Panthers players who need to hit the ground running at 2021 camp

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Brady Christensen – Carolina Panthers OL

The Carolina Panthers are banking on Brady Christensen bringing his elite college production to the professional ranks right from the outset. Those in power moved up in the third round to acquire the former BYU standout, who secured the highest-ever grade given to an offensive lineman in 2020 protecting Zach Wilson’s blindside.

This was from the left tackle position, which he isn’t expected to play in Carolina despite the obvious need for a stable blindside presence.

Christensen’s athleticism is off the charts and one of the primary reasons he was targeted by the Panthers. But there are some concerns with his arm length against bigger and more physical edge rushers at the next level.

This might see Christensen shifted to play guard or even right tackle providing Taylor Moton is willing to transition over to the left-hand side.

Which would obviously see his contract demands increase as a result.

That is for the coaching staff to worry about. All Christensen can focus on is imposing himself in a positive manner and leave no doubt he’ll be a starter somewhere on the offensive line in 2021.

This is something the rookie is more than capable of. His attitude and talent are first-class and a strong start to camp will only enhance his credentials in the short and long term.