6 college prospects the Carolina Panthers should watch closely in 2021

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Derek Stingley Jr. – CB (LSU)

A year after drafting Jaycee Horn in the first round, it may seem unlikely that the Carolina Panthers opt to target the same position. However, Derek Stingley Jr. is talented enough that every team will be paying attention to what the young LSU corner does this season.

Stingley is the level of player who has top-10 potential with another strong 2021 campaign for the Tigers. His athleticism fits seamlessly into any defensive scheme.

Not only this, Stingley can contribute to any team no matter the level of dysfunction or talent.

Stingley and Horn paired together would give Carolina two very talented young corners who would complement the other very well. Though the only way Carolina will have a shot at Stingley is a poor season considering where he’s projected to go.

Much will also depend on whether the Panthers extend Donte Jackson before then. Letting their only veteran cornerback walk for nothing would be a mistake.

Carolina’s focus in this draft will be defensive if they aren’t in need of a quarterback. Providing they grab a left tackle in free agency.

Much like Spencer Rattler, it is hard to see the Panthers in a position to draft Stingley if everything goes according to play.

Still, he is gifted enough that Carolina should be keeping a close eye on him. Whether they’ll get a shot at landing the best corner of the 2022 class is another matter.