2021 NFL Draft Pick 204: Carolina Panthers Select Shi Smith

With the 204th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Shi Smith was drafted by the Carolina Panthers.

Shi Smith spent 4 years at South Carolina who posted 174 receptions for 2,204 yards and 13 TDs. He’s a 22 year old who’s 5’10 186lbs, and he has incredible hands. Go watch his one handed catch against Ole Miss, and you’ll see why Carolina drafted this guy.

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GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 10: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #23 of the Florida Gators attempts to break up a pass intended for Shi Smith #13 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) 2021 NFL Draft

Fantasy Implications

Shi Smith will see a crowded WR room in Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, and fellow 2021 NFL Draft pick Terrace Marshall. He should compete for the WR4 spot in Carolina. With Anderson only having 1 year left on his contract, Smith could be sneaky value in 2022.

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He won’t be very fantasy relevant his rookie year, but he would have WR3 upside in 2022, so he’s someone I’d take a flyer on in Rookie Drafts. He’s someone I would target in the 4th round range of those drafts. If injuries happen for the Panthers WR’s, he will be a guy who will step up in a big way.

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