I feel like either way really, no harm done. Was a 3rd or 4th round pick this year going to help the Panthers win the super bowl this year? I don't think so. Inconsequential is the word that comes to mind about these types of players.
Maybe in a year or 2, but quite honestly, it doesn't matter all that much. There is a draft and free agency next year, and this season the Panthers have a solid, deep squad.