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Stats Show Panthers Got Huge Steal With Brady Christensen

Max Staley
Stats show Brady Christensen is a huge steal for the Carolina Panthers.
Stats show Brady Christensen is a huge steal for the Carolina Panthers. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers quietly had one of the better drafts in the league. While teams like the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns have typically been getting the most praise for their work over the weekend, Carolina's 2021 draft class can hang with just about anyone's.

The team made no shortage of great picks over the weekend, but spending a third-round pick on Brady Christensen stands out as one of their best choices. Taking a look at some of the numbers, it's clear that the BYU tackle was an absolute steal at No. 70 overall.

Brady Christensen Panthers

Last season, ProFootballFocus gave Christensen an overall grade of 96.0. That's the highest single-season grade PFF has ever given to an offensive line prospect.

Now, these grades are an inexact science, as each player's grade is based off someone watching every single snap and giving a player a positive or negative grade for each play. So it can be subjective, but getting that many positive evaluations is certainly nothing to scoff at.

And his production certainly backs up that grade. In 12 games and 741 snaps last season, Christensen only allowed 1 sack and 2 hurries. In other words, BYU's Zach Wilson basically knew that with Christensen paving the way, there was never going to be pressure coming from his left side.

We should note that Christensen will be turning 25 this September. That could explain why a player with such impressive production fell in the draft, as there's a risk that Christensen is already something of a finished product.

But that also means he should be able to step in and protect Sam Darnold right away. After what Darnold just went through with the New York Jets, that's no small thing.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.