Marshall is no stranger to joining a crowded WR corps after playing alongside Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson at LSU in 2019, and yet he has always found a way to make plays. With experience in the slot and on the outside, plus the benefit of catching passes from a QB who doesn't have a previously-developed rapport with the other Panthers receivers, there's a clear path to playing time and a potential path to volume in Year 1. Marshall has upside both after the catch and as a vertical threat and is going to be an excellent WR flier pick late in all drafts.
The Panthers selected Marshall in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 59th overall. This marks the Panthers' first selection on the offensive side of the ball in eight picks dating back to 2020. Marshall was not expected to fall this far given his talent and production, but injury concerns may have led to his slide into the late second round. He suffered a foot injury in 2019 but returned later that season and also suffered a fractured leg as a senior in high school. When healthy, Marshall was a stud for LSU -- at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, he caught 94 of 136 targets for 1,402 yards and 23 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Tigers. He has the frame to play outside, but he has experience running in the slot as well and is now reunited with his old offensive coordinator, Joe Brady. There's a strong chance Marshall challenges David Moore for the No.3 role in the offense right away.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||New York Jets||18||23.13|
|2||09/19||New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|7||10/24||@New York Giants||9||20.38|
|9||11/07||New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|11||11/21||Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
|16||12/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|17||01/02||@New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|18||01/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|