Panthers' Updated Depth Chart, 2021 NFL Draft Picks After Bridgewater Trade

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2021

Carolina Panthers quarterback P.J. Walker warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saint Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
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With the 2021 NFL draft only one day away, the Carolina Panthers might be in need of a quarterback to back up Sam Darnold

The Panthers announced Wednesday they traded Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos for a sixth-round pick (No. 191). Bridgewater's departure leaves P.J. Walker or Will Grier as the next man up should something happen to Darnold.


Panthers Offensive Depth Chart

QB: Sam Darnold, P.J. Walker, Will Grier

RB: Christian McCaffreyTrenton Cannon

WR 1: DJ Moore

WR 2: Robby Anderson

WR 3: David Moore, Brandon Zylstra

TE: Ian Thomas, Dan Arnold

LT: Greg Little, Cameron Erving

LG: Dennis Daley, Mike Horton

C: Matt Paradis, Sam Tecklenburg

RG: Pat Elflein, John Miller

RT: Taylor Moton, Trenton Scott


The transaction also leaves Carolina with eight picks in the draft.

  • Round 1: No. 8
  • Round 2: No. 39
  • Round 3: No. 73 
  • Round 4: No. 113
  • Round 5: No. 151
  • Round 6: No. 191
  • Round 6: No. 193
  • Round 6: No. 222


The B/R NFL Scouting Department had Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell off the board to Carolina in its first-round mock draft. That might change with Bridgewater now gone.

The Panthers (+300) are now the co-favorites with the New England Patriots on DraftKings Sportsbook to land Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Carolina sent a sixth-round pick and 2022 second- and fourth-rounders to the New York Jets to get Darnold. While that's not a king's ransom, it would be a steep price to pay if the team turned right around and took a quarterback at No. 8.

The Athletic's Joseph Person wrote Wednesday how some inside the Panthers "see Fields as a generational talent and think the team should keep taking big swings at the position." 

At the very least, head coach Matt Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer could look to reinforce its depth under center on Day 2 or 3.

Walker threw for 368 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions in four appearances in 2020, while Grier struggled as one of Cam Newton's replacements in 2019, going 28-of-52 for 228 yards and four interceptions in two starts.

Grier, a third-round pick in 2019, is also a holdover from the previous coaching and front-office regime, so Rhule and Fitterer may not be overly committed to the 26-year-old.


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