4 pros and cons to the Panthers potentially trading for Andre Dillard

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Andre Dillard fits the Carolina Panthers mold

There is a definite type the Carolina Panthers go after when examining potential recruits under Matt Rhule and Scott Fitterer. Both men like their players to be versatile and athletic, but they’ve also shown a preference for bringing in those who might be a little down on their luck.

Whether it be someone like quarterback Sam Darnold or steep fallers in the draft such as Daviyon Nixon, the Panthers front office feels like the culture Rhule is building might just be the perfect environment to realize their potential.

Dillard certainly ticks most of these boxes. Although moving him from left tackle is absolutely out of the question if this is something the Panthers are actually contemplating.

His athleticism isn’t in doubt, even if there is an inability to stay healthy.

He is also facing something of a career crossroads and might be forced to settle for a rotational role at best with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021.

Perhaps the Panthers are looking at someone like Dillard, although nothing has been confirmed as yet. This is someone with a ton of talent who hasn’t had things fall his way so far, which could change with improved coaching from Carolina’s staff.

It’s a huge risk, there’s no getting away from that.

But the benefits would be enormous if Dillard enjoys a career renaissance.