Carolina Panthers way-too-early three-round 2021 NFL mock draft

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Matt Rhule, Carolina Panthers
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Looking at how the Carolina Panthers can improve in the 2021 NFL Draft with a three-round mock draft.

The Carolina Panthers have certainly had an interesting offseason. Owner David Tepper is taking a patient approach to building this franchise and has started to put the pieces in place for success. The most important move that the Panthers made this offseason was hiring Matt Rhule as their new head coach. Rhule built an impressive college football program at Baylor and will look to do something similar with the Carolina Panthers.

Tepper and company quickly pinpointed Rhule as the right guy to lead their franchise and locked him up with a massive seven-year, $62 million contract. The Panthers also brought in Joe Brady as the offensive coordinator. Brady was the hottest young coach in college football last season, modernizing the LSU offense and playing a major role in their undefeated National Championship season.

In Rhule, the Panthers have a guy who can build an organization and lead a team and in Brady, they have a brilliant offensive mind who will likely be able to scheme their offense to success in the modern NFL.

The Panthers also made significant changes to their roster that should get them on the right track soon. Most notably, they signed Teddy Bridgewater to be the team’s starting quarterback in 2020. Bridgewater signed with Carolina on a three-year, $63 million deal and both sides hope that he can grow into their franchise signal-caller.

Carolina also made significant additions in the 2020 NFL Draft with all seven picks coming on the defensive side of the ball. Their first three picks of Derrick Brown, Yetur Gross-Matos and Jeremy Chinn all stood out as fantastic additions who have a ton of short and long-term upside.

While the Carolina Panthers are not set up for a ton of short-term success, they are undoubtedly an interesting team that could be building something special for the long haul. The Panthers clearly have their eyes on the future and they will continue their rebuild in the 2021 NFL Draft.

In this post, we are going to try to look ahead to the 2021 draft and predict how the Panthers will continue to build this team. Let’s go three rounds deep with a 2021 NFL mock draft for Matt Rhule and the Carolina Panthers.

Note: This mock draft was completed using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine.