8 prospects the Carolina Panthers must consider trading up for on Day 2

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Carolina Panthers could target Isaiah Likely

  • Tight End | Coastal Carolina

This would be a little out of left-field. But the Carolina Panthers might end up trying to bolster their tight-end options to provide the offense with a little more spark if the right opportunity comes along.

Ian Thomas and Tommy Tremble are the team’s current options, which might work out under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who is expected to utilize the position far more frequently than Joe Brady ever did during his first two years with the franchise.

Going up into Round No. 2 would take a substantial amount of capital. But a move into the third round is not out of the question if things start working in their favor.

It might be a wildcard of sorts, but Isaiah Likely has the sort of skill set that could really benefit the Panthers. The Coastal Carolina product is a game-changing factor in the passing game that can make things happen at the drop of a hat, but expecting him to be a dominant force in the blocking aspect of playing the tight-end position is unrealistic.

Likely has soft hands and exceptional speed. He is a matchup nightmare in the slot and can also make his presence felt in the red zone to further enhance his overall influence.

If Likely is still sitting around late into the third round, then Carolina could do far worse than at least discussing a move-up for a player with an enormous amount of likable traits.