5 trade targets for the Carolina Panthers to consider before 2021 deadline

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Clelin Ferrell
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Clelin Ferrell – DE

It’s easy to forget that Clelin Ferrell was once the No. 4 overall selection coming out of Clemson. Things haven’t gone according to plan for the edge rusher over the first three years of his pro career and the Las Vegas Raiders clearly prefer other options judging by his lack of playing time through Week 5.

Ferrell has all the size and explosiveness to become a potentially dominant force.

For whatever reason, putting it all together consistently has been a real issue.

Trading away Ferrell is a huge call to make by the Raiders and high-end draft selections tend to get more leeway than most in terms of development. However, the cut-off might not be too far away and if they put him on the block, it should see more than a few teams make an offer.

As I said, players drafted where Ferrell was are almost always provided with a second chance somewhere from an organization that thinks they have the tools to fulfill their potential.

The Carolina Panthers don’t necessarily have a big need at the defensive end position. Although no team can ever have enough good pass-rushers.

It would also bring Ferrell back to an area where he starred in college, which is another potential factor that shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Las Vegas wouldn’t let him go on the cheap, which is a big-time problem for the Panthers and what little draft capital they currently possess.