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

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Terrace Marshall Jr. – Carolina Panthers WR

  • No. 59 overall selection

Just why Terrace Marshall Jr. stayed in Matt Rhule’s doghouse for so long is anyone’s guess. The beleaguered former head coach was frustrated by the wide receiver’s nagging injuries despite two straight starring efforts in training camp, which came with almost no involvement and even a healthy scratch or two along the way.

Rhule had everyone believing Marshall would be a draft bust. Someone the Carolina Panthers shouldn’t have taken given their pressing needs elsewhere.

However, once Rhule was mercifully removed from the equation and Robbie Anderson was traded to the Arizona Cardinals, it didn’t take long for Marshall to thrive. His production increased exponentially over the second half of 2022, which was the first time fans got to witness what he might be capable of long-term.

Providing the former LSU star progresses his skills further this offseason, he could emerge as Carolina’s No. 2 option behind D.J. Moore. This is the best-case scenario for the Panthers and if anyone can assist Marshall in taking that next step, it’s Frank Reich.

Draft Grade: B

When all hope seemed lost, there is now optimism surrounding Marshall heading into a crucial third season. If the Panthers get their offensive coordinator and quarterback right, he could benefit more than most.