Re-grading the Panthers 2021 NFL Draft class after Year No. 2

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Jaycee Horn
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How is the Carolina Panthers 2021 NFL Draft class shaping up after two full seasons?

There is now a good sample size to go off regarding the Carolina Panthers 2021 NFL Draft class and their overall outlook. It was the first selection process with general manager Scott Fitterer involved, who demonstrated his masterful management of the board thanks to several trades up and down the pecking order to get players capable of making a difference.

Some have worked out better than others. That’s just the nature of the beast, but it was an encouraging draft overall if one or two players take the right leaps forward under arguably the best coaching staff Carolina’s ever assembled under Frank Reich.

This is an exciting new era for the Panthers. But for the team to make legitimate strides next season – the first with Reich leading the charge – then the young talent on the roster must raise their respective contributions in pursuit of a potential NFC South title challenge.

Without further ado, we re-graded the Panthers 2021 draft class after their second seasons with the team, or in some cases, elsewhere.

Round No. 7

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(Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports) Phil Hoskins /

Phil Hoskins – Former Carolina Panthers DT

  • No. 232 overall selection

It looked like Phil Hoskins might be able to carve out a rotational role for himself after catching the eye when on the field in 2021. However, the defensive tackle wasn’t seen much after that and was eventually released.

Draft Grade: D

Seventh-round picks are always a crap shoot. But Hoskins did get the last laugh with a Super Bowl ring this season after being signed late by the Kansas City Chiefs.