Panthers trade back for extra picks, then choose wide receiver in second round, offensive lineman and tight end in third round
By Richard Walker
The Carolina Panthers made four trades on Friday night, then chose the first three offensive draft picks of the Matt Rhule era.
The Panthers selected LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall with the No. 59 selection in the second round, BYU offensive tackle Brady Christensen the No. 70 selection in the third round and Notre Dame tight end Tommy Tremble with the No. 83 selection in the third round.
They become the first offensive players selected by the Panthers in two years of drafting under Rhule; Carolina became the first team in 2020 to draft defensive players with all seven of its picks and on Thursday night, the first 2021 draft selection was cornerback Jaycee Horn of South Carolina with the No. 8 overall pick.
The selections came on a night in which Carolina traded back three times and traded up once.
Carolina sent the Nos. 39 and 151 picks – third- and fifth-round picks – to the Bears for the Nos. 52 (second round), 83 (third round) and 204 (sixth round) selections, the Nos. 52 and 113 (fourth round) to the Cleveland Browns for the Nos. 59 and 89 (third round) selections, moved up to No. 70 (third round) by sending the Nos. 73 (third round) and No. 191 (sixth round) to Philadelphia Eagles, then moved back again by sending No. 89 (third pick) to the Houston Texans for the Nos. 109 (fourth round) and 158 (fifth round) and a 2022 fourth round pick.
Marshall led LSU in receptions (48), receiving yards (731) and touchdowns (10) while playing in seven games before opting out of the last two games. In 2019 with current Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady as his LSU wide receivers coach, Marshall had 46 catches for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns as the Tigers went 15-0 and won the national championship.
Christensen is a 6-foot-6, 300-pounder who took a two-year Mormon mission to New Zealand and was a consensus All-American offensive tackle last season for the Cougars while blocking for quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft of the New York Jets.
Tremble caught 35 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns the last two seasons for Notre Dame.
The Panthers will have the Nos. 109, 151, 158, 193, 204 and 222 selections on Saturday.