The Carolina Panthers have an opportunity to pick a franchise-altering participant with the No. 8 total decide within the 2021 NFL Draft, however it’s additionally attainable they determine to commerce down. In response to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Panthers have had conversations with different groups about doubtlessly shifting again. As you’d count on, Schefter says that many groups are engaged in conversations about potential trades, and the Panthers are included within the combine.
The Panthers had been as soon as thought-about a crew within the combine for a quarterback within the first spherical, however they acquired their new starter by way of commerce earlier this month by hanging a cope with the New York Jets for Sam Darnold. The primary half of the primary spherical can be about quarterbacks, as the primary three picks are anticipated to be signal-callers. Relying on who that third quarterback is, groups could possibly be motivated to commerce as much as choose the following one. Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are anticipated to be the primary two quarterbacks off the board, however as for who the San Francisco 49ers‘ take at No. 3, that is one thing everyone seems to be making an attempt to determine. If Justin Fields or Trey Lance start to fall, common managers could also be unable to cease themselves from selecting up the cellphone.
Our 4 CBS NFL Draft writers have the Panthers staying put at No. 8 total at this level, and all 4 have Carolina taking an offensive lineman who ought to be capable to are available in and assist shield Darnold in Yr One. Ryan Wilson, Chris Trapasso and Josh Edwards are eyeing Oregon’s Penei Sewell, whereas Pete Prisco predicts Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern. The Panthers’ rival within the Atlanta Falcons, who’re at the moment slated at No. 4 total, are one other crew that might commerce down come draft evening. If not, the Panthers is likely to be the following crew quarterback-needy franchises method with a commerce supply.