5 Carolina Panthers newcomers who could surprise in 2021

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David Moore – Carolina Panthers OL

It didn’t take long for the Panthers to snap up David Moore in undrafted free agency after the 2021 draft came to a conclusion. Carolina loved the prospect enough to consider selecting him on Day 3 before gambling that the offensive lineman would make it through without hearing his name called.

There is nothing wrong with Moore’s skill set, which warranted a late-round selection based on what we saw at Grambling State. Teams seemed to be put off by his size more than anything, with his 6-foot-1 frame and arm length not normally associated with interior linemen at the next level.

That being said, the Panthers got a good look at Moore during their time coaching at the 2021 Senior Bowl, so they must think he’ll be able to bring something to the team. He has the versatility to play as a guard or even at the center position should the opportunity arise, something that Carolina covets in almost every potential arrival.

Moore won’t be under any immediate pressure to come in and make his presence felt.

Undrafted players should get the freedom to develop at their own pace. But providing he leaves a strong impression at training camp, there is an opportunity for the player to get himself onto the 53-man roster.

With Matt Paradis heading into the final year of his deal, there could be an opening for Moore to become the starting center in 2022. However, it’s vital he displays the right sort of characteristics at camp and the preseason.

If Moore can do this, then he could surprise and earn some reps when the real action begins.