Each day leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft, we will take a look at prospects that should be on the Carolina Panthers' radar. We will look at roughly eleven prospects per round to give a better idea of potential draftees beyond just the first round.
Here's our schedule for the next 80 days:
1st Round: Feb. 8th - Feb. 21st
2nd Round: Feb. 22nd - Mar. 6th
3rd Round: Mar. 7th - Mar. 18th
4th Round: Mar. 19th - Mar. 29th
5th Round: Mar. 30th - Apr. 8th
6th Round: Apr. 9th - Apr. 18th
7th Round: Apr. 19th - Apr. 28th
Prospect No. 15: OT Alex Leatherwood
Height: 6'5" Weight: 312 lbs
Draft range: Late 1st round/early 2nd round
Analysis: Leatherwood is a very athletic tackle that can get to the second level of the defense rather quickly. He does a great job of identifying who is coming on the blitz and who is dropping into coverage. Getting any sort of a pass rush on him seemed impossible for a lot of teams. Leatherwood has great balance, footwork, and stands defenders straight up to where they have a severe lack of movement. If there is any one flaw in his game, I would say it's consistency. His production isn't hit or miss from play to play but there's a lot of plays where I think he could do more. Maybe he was getting bored of dominating the guy lined up across from him?
Regardless, Leatherwood projects to be a very solid quality starter in the NFL and fits one of Carolina's several needs. If the Panthers go with a quarterback in the first round, I can assure you that they will heavily consider drafting an offensive lineman in round two.
Leatherwood showed he has the length to play outside at tackle. Scouts will be looking for improved footwork in drills and one-on-ones in order to confirm at which position they will rank him on their big boards.
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