Fighting Chance’s 2021 NFL Draft Recap: Carolina Panthers
The 2021 NFL Draft dust is now starting to settle now that we've got each pick in stone after months (and I do mean MONTHS) of speculation, scrutiny, and an endless amount of social media chattering and shouting into the void. We're ready for a whole new wave of scrutiny with a layer of optimism or pessimism depending on each team's selection.
Today, we tackle the Carolina Panthers, so let's see what they did in this year's NFL Draft!
Who the Panthers selected:
R1: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
R2: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
R3: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
R3: Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame
R4: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
R5: Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
R5: Keith Taylor, CB, Washington
R6: Deonte Brown, OG, Alabama
R6: Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina
R6: Thomas Fletcher, LS, Alabama
R7: Phil Hoskins, DT, Kentucky
The Fantasy Impact:
The Carolina Panthers selected their first offensive player of the 2021 NFL Draft by taking the sliding Terrace Marshall Jr. towards the end of the 2nd round. Marshall was fantastic for LSU becoming the go-to option for the Tigers once Ja'Marr Chase opted out of the 2020 season. He is a perfect insurance policy for Robby Anderson should he depart for free agency after this season. Tommy Tremble was a nice get for head coach Matt Rhule as he selected the proficient blocker Tremble in the 3rd round. If he rounds into form as a pass receiver, he could be something in a few seasons. The Canadian track star Chuba Hubbard wasn't as productive in 2020 as he was in 2019 when he led the country in rushing yards, but he still provides Carolina with some punch and speed outside of Christian McCaffrey. With a wide receiver group looking for an infusion of talent, Shi Smith could be a nice depth piece for the Panthers.
The Bottom Line:
Marshall likely is a free agent pickup in redraft formats, but in dynasty rookie drafts, he could go anywhere from the end of the 1st round to the middle of the 2nd round. Tremble is a project, but a late-round pick in rookie drafts doesn't seem out of the question for him. Hubbard should be drafted in dynasty formats as well but towards the end of the 2nd into the 3rd. Shi Smith could go very late in rookie drafts or be a nice taxi squad addition from free agency.