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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Carolina Panthers Select CB Patrick Surtain II at No. 8

The top cornerback of the first round goes to the Panthers.

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With the 8th pick of the 2021 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Carolina Panthers select...

Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The selection and write-up were made by Adam Rice:

Congrats Panthers! You just made the blockbuster trade for a QB we all suspected you would, and you landed...Sam Darnold?? Ok, while that isn’t the move we all expected the end result remains the same. The Panthers have a new QB at the helm and have at least addressed the position heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. So, what do they do now in the Top 10 to give Darnold and the team the best chance to succeed in Matt Rhule’s second season as head coach? Well, unfortunately for Sam this draft didn’t immediately work out in his favor, but I’m sure his coach will be more than happy with how things unfolded.

Both top two offensive tackles have come off the board to this point in Penei Sewell and Rayshawn Slater. Which immediately changes my way of thinking as a new left tackle for Darnold, or a new QB in the future, would greatly help the team. So, my focus moved to the defensive side of the ball as I believe reaching for the next best OT in Christian Darrisaw would be a bit much for a Top 10 selection in this draft. And that brings me to my choice for the Panthers. With the eighth overall pick in the 2021 DBN NFL Mock Draft the Carolina Panthers select Patrick Surtain II, Cornerback, Alabama.

Surtain II has pretty much been the consensus #1 CB throughout the entire draft process, and for good reason. The son of former All-Pro CB Patrick Surtain, he possesses both the talent and pedigree to be the next great defensive back in the NFL. He will be tasked with from Day 1 with locking down the other teams best WR and making the other defenders on the Panthers jobs easier by handling his business. An elite athlete according to the RAS score, he also has the tape to reassure the Panthers that he will be an excellent choice at this spot.

Pokorny: “It’s easy to want to try to add pieces on offense for your new quarterback, but for the Panthers to go out and acquire Darnold tells me they wouldn’t do that if they thought the offense was in terrible shape. Darnold will have one of the best security blankets in the NFL at running back, so why not turn to the defensive side of the ball, where the top cornerback falls right into the Panthers’ laps at No. 8?”

The Denver Broncos are up next, led by poultman.

2021 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Jacksonville Jaguars Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. QB Trevor Lawrence
2 New York Jets fjblessi QB Zach Wilson
3 San Francisco 49ers TheDawgsPodcast QB Justin Fields
4 Atlanta Falcons yman1020 TE Kyle Pitts
5 Cincinnati Bengals GrandAdmiralThrawn0905 OT Penei Sewell
6 Miami Dolphins realmccoy WR Ja'Marr Chase
7 Detroit Lions xfl2001fan OT Rashawn Slater
8 Carolina Panthers Adam Rice CB Patrick Surtain II
9 Denver Broncos poultman QB Trey Lance
10 Dallas Cowboys StefanKnee LB Micah Parsons
11 New York Giants Barry Shuck WR DeVonta Smith
12 Philadelphia Eagles Big Cosmic News CB Jaycee Horn
13 Los Angeles Chargers Danielgarrett OT Christian Darrisaw
14 Minnesota Vikings eauclairefan DE/OLB Kwitty Paye
15 New England Patriots Bo154033 WR Jaylen Waddle
16 Arizona Cardinals brianberniebaker CB Caleb Farley
17 Las Vegas Raiders Crawford_T OT Teven Jenkins
18 Miami Dolphins Mudville LB Zaven Collins
19 Washington Football Team ScooterDMD QB Mac Jones
20 Chicago Bears wahoo7 OG Alijah Vera-Tucker
21 Indianapolis Colts yoderdame OT Samuel Cosmi
22 Tennessee Titans BrianB77 CB Asante Samuel Jr
23 New York Jets carrettbagel88 DE Jaelan Phillips
24 Pittsburgh Steelers Mean Ol' Pete RB Najee Harris
25 Jacksonville Jaguars Topanga Jeff DT Christian Barmore
26 Cleveland Browns tmartin5785 LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
27 Baltimore Ravens TheCrackpot DE/OLB Azeez Ojulari
28 New Orleans Saints TheCannonGoesBOOM CB Greg Newsome II
29 Green Bay Packers OCMiami WR Kadarius Toney
30 Buffalo Bills BelieveInCleve DE Jayson Oweh
31 Baltimore Ravens Robo Dawg OT Jalen Mayfield
32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Midnite Moses RB Travis Etienne
59 Cleveland Browns ProfessorBrowns CB Kelvin Joseph
89 Cleveland Browns Slaytanic Brownie DT Tommy Togiai
91 Cleveland Browns Swagnasty DE Payton Turner