Beyond the Numbers: Panthers’ Youth Focus Should Pay Dividends | Beaufort County Now | When teams look to rebuild, a major part of their strategy often revolves around replacing veteran players with draft picks that they can then convert into a young core who in turn can then form the basis of their new roster.

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    When teams look to rebuild, a major part of their strategy often revolves around replacing veteran players with draft picks that they can then convert into a young core who in turn can then form the basis of their new roster. Even in instances where teams don't proactively trade away players, such as is the case with the Panthers, the focus has very much been on getting younger on both sides of the ball.

    However, what often gets lost in this is that building through the draft can mean drafting players of quite different ages, and one thing that is very noteworthy about the approach the Panthers have taken under Matt Rhule is that they are not only looking at add a lot of rookies, but that they seem to have placed a priority on drafting young rookies in particular. In the 2021 NFL Draft Jaycee Horn, Terrace Marshall Jr, Tommy Tremble and Chubba Hubbard are all 21 or younger, with both Marshall and Tremble having turned 21 since the draft. This follows a 2020 draft where only Bravvion Roy was older than 22 to start his rookie season.

    While this seems to be more than simply coincidental, the question that really matters is whether this is an approach that actually has any basis in evidence, and whether the Panthers are actually creating a competitive edge for themselves by taking such an approach. So we've taken a look at the data to find out.

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    Read the full article HERE on Fan Nation.

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