4 tight end draft prospects the Carolina Panthers should monitor in 2022

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Carolina Panthers should monitor Jaheim Bell

Not since Greg Olsen have the Carolina Panthers had a playmaker at tight end. Sure, he wasn’t an athletic freak. The three-time Pro Bowler was, however, one of the most intelligent players on the field and won so many times in that fashion.

Once in a blue moon, you’ll happen to lay your eyes on a tight-end prospect with unbelievable athletic ability and raw traits. That type of prospect this year could be South Carolina’s very own Jaheim Bell, one of the most underrated players at his own position in the entire country.

At an estimated 6-foot-3 and 232 pounds, Bell was considered the “swiss army knife” of the Gamecocks offense last season as he was the definition of versatility. The Florida native lined up at multiple alignments including slot receiver, perimeter wideout, in-line tight end, and even running back.

To put this in a better perspective, he was the Treylon Burks of tight ends last season and may very well continue his role as such in 2022.

Bell offers a big, muscular frame that is incredibly dynamic and explosive with the ball in his hands. He is arguably one of the best run-after-catch tight ends in the country, having averaged more than 16 yards per reception. The prospect also has rare speed, twitch, and physicality for his size that makes him such a dynamic threat.

On top of his superb athletic profile and RAC skills, Bell showcases great ball skills and strong hands that allow him to pluck the ball away from defenders. His body control through the catch point and location skills are very impressive as well.

While the third-team preseason All-SEC talent still has plenty of room for improvement in terms of overall consistency and blocking, Bell has the tools and the athletic profile to be a high-level prospect at the next level with a big year in 2022. Especially with Spencer Rattler throwing the ball his way this year.