2021 NFL draft: Panthers get A+ grade for Day 2 picks from NFL.com

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The Carolina Panthers will be on the clock again soon as Day 3 of the 2021 NFL draft begins in a few moments. So far, the reviews for GM Scott Fitterer’s work have been overwhelmingly positive.

Chad Reuter at NFL.com gave Carolina an A- grade for the Jaycee Horn pick and an A+ grade for their Day 2 picks. The big prize was getting BYU offensive lineman Brady Christensen at No. 70 overall after a short jump up three spots. The draft may turn on whether or not he’s their long-term answer at left tackle. Here’s what Reuter had to say about the pick.

“Carolina was expected to find an offensive tackle at some point in the first three rounds; Christensen isn’t flashy but is consistent and simply difficult to beat off the edge. His excellent pro day cinched this draft position. Carolina gave up a sixth-rounder to trade up to land him, but he’s worth the investment.”

While there’s some concern about Christensen’s arm length, it certainly wasn’t a problem for him at BYU. According to Pro Football Focus, he only allowed three pressures last season and three sacks for his entire college career.

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Nobody knows how these prospects will work out in the long run, but it sure looks like the Panthers are setting up Sam Darnold for success.

Day 3 begins now.

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