Player evaluation is something that has been sorely lacking in the Panthers org. We've nailed our 1st round picks, but really how hard is that? Pick BPA and you are generally good to go... otherwise (with some exceptions of course) our mid - low round picks haven't been that great...
What I have been saying for years. However, notice that Hurney did not draft positions that require fits and/or are more challenging to gauge NFL success.
QB: Instead of drafting one, he gives Jake "Tommy John" DelHomme a contract three or four times what he would have been given elsewhere. He should have drafted a QB too. Yes, he drafted Cam Newton, but RR was forcing that issue. Besides, Marty had no choice.
CB: He drafted Gamble in the first and that is it. and Richard Marshall in the second. Ooooh.
DT: He did not draft Jenkins. Never a first rounder. He drafted Carstens, A. Ellison, C. Irvin, and McClain. Iron curtain,
WR: He did not draft Smith. Never a first rounder. He drafted K. Colbert, Carter, R. Robinson, D. Jarrett, Pilares, Edwards, Gettis, Lafell, Adams. That is pretty terrible.
Hurney drafted tackles (Gross, Otah), RBs (Williams and Stewart) LBs (Beason, Kuechly, Davis) a QB, a CB (gamble) and that is about it.
Here is the kicker: He sucked and he had scouts and the coaching staff telling him what they needed and who they wanted.
The year when he drafted when Fox was a lame duck are telling=--he sucked.