5 draft snubs haunting the Carolina Panthers after Greg Little trade

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Elgton Jenkins – OL

The Carolina Panthers were obviously looking to beef up their offensive line during this draft and offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins would have been a much better addition than Greg Little.

The Mississippi State product was selected just a few picks after Little at 44th overall by the Green Bay Packers and just two years into his career, he’s already become one of the league’s best offensive linemen, playing a majority of his snaps at left guard but also moving around at center and right tackle.

With the Panthers still searching for a solidified left guard and center, Jenkins would’ve likely brought a huge boost to Carolina’s offensive line.

Last season, Jenkins got his first Pro Bowl nod and has only allowed one sack and 44 total pressures in his first two seasons, according to Athlon Sports.

The only sure thing on the Panthers offensive line is Taylor Moton at right tackle and Jenkins would have brought a ton of versatility that they desperately need.

Hopefully, the Panthers can get some improved production from their current options, and the young draft prospects acquired in 2021 can make a difference as the campaign progresses.

Until then, the ghost of Little remains a grave error of judgment from the franchise under the previous regime.