Grading Carolina's second and third rounds of the 2021 Draft

Grades-(2)

Marshall has some similarities to his former teammate, Justin Jefferson. He would have gone much earlier if not for some medical concerns. He was available late in the second round for the Panthers, who really need more talent at the position behind D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson. 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. I love the Tremble selection. He was underutilized as a pass-catcher at Notre Dame and is willing to block. New quarterback Sam Darnold is getting help in this draft.

Grade: A+

Clearly some type of red flag for Marshall to fall this far. This is a big, fast vertical threat who tracks it well and is a horse in the open field. Not a smooth separator but will crush it on the vertical route tree.

Grade: A-

Hard to find more clean film in the OT class this year. Good across the board. Could maybe just use more power behind his pads. Starting LT in Round 3. Good snag by the Panthers.

Grade: B+

Athletic, blocking specialist who has the skills to be a better receiver in NFL than he was at Notre Dame. More of an underneath type. Flashed some YAC. A little gamble and receiving more important than blocking today.

Grade: C+

The Panthers were wise to trade back and pick up additional draft capital. Marshall offers a rare size/speed combination. At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, he ran a 4.4. Marshall looks the part and did a good job on contested catches. He had some injury issues but produced with 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons. And Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady should have a good sense of how to use Marshall, given their previous time together. This is a fine pick by Carolina.

Grade: B

Christensen (6-foot-5, 302) started 38 games at left tackle for BYU over the past three seasons and performed well. But he will turn 25 in September and is one of the oldest players in this class. The Panthers will need him to earn a starting job at tackle or guard right away to justify this pick, especially considering they traded up to get Christensen.

Grade: C

Tremble (6-foot-3, 241 pounds) never quite put it all together in college, finishing with 35 catches for 401 yards. But he showed he can be a versatile, punishing blocker, and he tested well athletically. Taking a chance on Tremble's upside here is reasonable.

Grade: B

The Panthers, after taking cornerback Jaycee Horn in Round 1, traded down all the way here and missed out on several helpful offensive tackles for Sam Darnold. Instead, despite having two big-play outside receivers in Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore went for a size/speed prospect with some developing durability concerns. Thinking about quickness in the slot more to replace Curtis Samuel also would have been preferred.

Grade: C

Carolina settled for Christensen as its left tackle situation, but the problem is, he projects as a swing backup for the outside at best as the strength and power he possesses is better built for guard vs. athletically handling the NFL's top edge rushers.

Grade: C

The Panthers doubled down on their commitment to make tight end a big part of their passing game after also adding Dan Arnold for Sam Darnold. Tremble can contribute as an athletic receiver right away while he rounds out into a strong blocker. This stood out as Carolina's most logical pick over the first two nights.

Grade: A-

The Panthers need to surround starting QB Sam Darnold with enough playmakers at the skill positions, and Marshall was one of the best choices on the board at pick No. 59. Bolstering the offensive line with the selection of Christensen -- who kept Zach Wilson upright at BYU -- helps Darnold, too.

Grade: B+

After trading down multiple times, the Panthers still land a player who would have been a strong value at their original pick in the second round. Marshall has a great combination of size, speed and length, and offensive coordinator Joe Brady is well aware of his talents after coaching him in college. This was an underrated need for the Panthers, too, after losing Curtis Samuel in free agency.

Grade: B+

If Sam Darnold is going to be "the guy" in Carolina, he's going to need better protection than he got in New York. Christensen has all the physical tools to develop into a starting offensive tackle, and this is about where his value made sense overall.

Grade: B

Another pick where need meets value in a big way, as the Panthers land a versatile tight end to help Sam Darnold and the passing game. Tremble is also a willing and able blocker, but it's his ability after the catch that could make him a difference-maker in Carolina.

Grade: B+

Marshall's fall ends as medical concerns about two leg injuries he suffered in high school raised questions for team doctors. But the high-end skills, speed and size make Marshall an intriguing option in Carolina's passing game. He lands in a good spot here with more weapons needed for Sam Darnold. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady knew exactly how to use Marshall at LSU, so he enters with familiarity with the offense.

Grade: B+

An older rookie who turns 25 in September, Christensen benefitted from Zach Wilson's breakout season to cast a lot of scouting eyes on this smoother-moving pass protector. Christensen is light and lacks great length, but his durability (38 straight starts) and reliability factors can't go overlooked.

Grade: C

We're getting a bit excited about some of the Panthers' options on offense. They lacked a quality receiving option at tight end last season and could have a sleeper in Tremble, who was not targeted much but showed some surprising skill in his limited opportunities. And even if he never develops into a great pass-catcher, Tremble already is a top-shelf blocker who can line up in-line, as a wing, or as a fullback. A fun, useful player for Joe Brady's offense.

Grade: B-

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