I will give this draft class an A+ for sure. The only complaint I have is the way it played out. Normally you take your DE before your LB. Or the fact that we took a usual late round G in the second. Our third round flier winds up being two potential playmakers... in the fourth round. And what is with this taking your future #2CB, a normal higher pick, in the fifth?
There is no way in hellz they planned it out this way!!!! Or did they?
Normally I would be nervous about 3 rookies starting. But other than Norman, I have not a care. I do have hope for Norman, I just hate having to count on rookie CBs. I know this is not the NFL of my youth. But teams know he is a rookie, and across from an elite CB. He is going to get lots of attention. Good or bad, he is coming to a field near you. I love him for kicking Capt to nickel.
I see your point--good one. Considering where our rookies are starting, take those positions and value them based on need:
With the ninth pick, we passed on Stephen Gilmore and Dre Kirkpatrick, SEC CBs. Hmmm. Instead, we drafted a LB. Is this a bad pick? in four years, I doubt anyone in Charlotte thinks so. Maybe not the biggest need on paper, but I am one who values character and work ethic. Looking back, I realized that the Panthers have decided that giving four year deals to risky players who fill immediate needs is bad business. We got the BEST LB in the draft.
Had SIlatolu not been from a Div II school, he probably would have been rated the #1 G in the draft. Curious pick,with players like Cordy Glenn and Jeff Allen on the board, not to mention Devon Still and Jerel Worthy. However, I am starting to see how this guy can be spercial. Isn't it funny how different the strategy is for a new coach than that of one on the hot seat? We drafted players who will anchor a spot for a decade. No quick fixes, but solid football players with toughness.
Norman in the fifth was a gift.