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Brady Christensen will state his claim at LT

Perhaps too much is made of intangibles and measurements where incoming college recruits are concerned. As the old saying goes, the “film don’t lie” and the Carolina Panthers might want to take this into consideration when it comes to Brady Christensen.

The BYU left tackle was nothing short of phenomenal protecting Zach Wilson’s blindside in 2020, earning the highest-ever grade given to an offensive lineman by Pro Football Focus. Christensen’s athleticism and ruthless approach were absolutely flawless, although there’s an argument to be made about the standard of competition.

As is the case with almost every prospect, someone found a hole in Christensen. His arm length.

This leaves some questioning his capability of keeping explosive edge rushers at bay. Christensen won’t have everything his own way in the pros and Carolina actually graded him higher as a guard than they did at tackle.

That’s all well and good, but the Panthers are once again lacking any sort of reliability at left tackle after deciding not to bring Russell Okung back. Cam Erving’s production since arriving in the league has been lackluster and the duo of Greg Little and Trenton Scott also have questions to answer.

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Throwing Christensen in at the deep end at left tackle is a bold move. However, if he performs well during training camp it won’t take long for him to be their top blindside option.