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Carolina Panthers Draft History...A look back at all the bad choices the Panthers have made.


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#25 Happy Panther

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:05 PM

Really we did not do too bad most of the time until we started trading away first rounders.


Great drafts are made in the mid-late rounds. As a GM I can throw a dart at the first round and probably end up with a starter. Especially if you are in the top half.

Look at all the 2nd round busts Hurney had.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:06 PM

I do not see this history as being all that bad.

1995- Collins had a long career, Capers screwed that up. We got a couple of decent OL in this draft too
1996 - Moose was a great pick and Timmy might have been good if not for all the injuries.
1997- Minter and Mangum were long term starters


Regardless of who's to blame for Collins, it's pretty hard to justify targeting him over McNair. Even less so Biakabutuka over George given the style of offense we were running (still remember Polian saying he had no concerns when asked about Bakabutuka's durability questions).

We got a few good players out of those drafts, but this was when the team was being built from scratch. Given the results, you'd have to say overall it was a failure.


1998 - Meh, this one was truly awful
1999 - Rucker was a great pick. Terry and Naives contributed for a while.


Rucker was a great pick. Terry had his moments, but over Jon Jansen? Ugh :(

Giving Capers a voice in personnel decisions was one of the worst mistakes this team ever made.


2000 - Grant was a good player, James and Towns were good for late rounders.
2001 - Probably our best draft ever. Smith is our best player ever. Morgan and Jenkins were probowlers.


George Seifert was generally pretty good at the draft. Sadly, he was a massive failure in some other aspects of the job :( He definitely left some good players for John Fox to work with, though.


2002 - Second best draft ever. Peppers was/is a beast while Foster and Spoon were solid.
2003 - Gross was a great pick and RMJ was a playoff hero for us.
2004 - Gamble and Wharton were solid starters for a long time.
2005 - Davis was a solid pick. We probably gave up too soon on Mathis. Hangartner has been good for a late round pick.
2006 - DW has been great at times. Overpaying him after his rookie deal expired does not make the intial pick a bad one. Anderson was a solid starter for a long time.


These first five Hurney-run drafts were done with Tony Softli running the scouting. Word on him was that as time went on, he spent more time trying to get a GM job than he did doing the job he had. That really came to a head in the overall awful draft of 2005. Softli finally got his wish with the Rams, and promptly ran them into the ground.


2007 - Probably our third best draft. Beason was a best prior to his injuries. Kalil is one of the better centers in the league. Johnson is a beast. Rosario had one great game...
2008 - This is where Hurney jumped the shark with his trading of future picks. Stewart was a solid pick. Otah was a good pick too but for his health issues. Connor, Schwartz and Bernadeau are low level starters.
2009 - Munnerlyn was a good late round pick. This draft was screwed by the prior year.
2010 - Hardy has been solid and Gettis looked good before getting hurt. Another draft killed by trading away the first round pick.
2011 - Not much besides Cam. Fua may still develop.
2012 - Keuchly looks like a great pick. Alexander has potential to be one too. Too soon to judge really.

Really we did not do too bad most of the time until we started trading away first rounders.


These are the drafts since Don Gregory took over college scouting. Overall, kinda hit or miss. You can't rightly blame Gregory for some of the uber-stupid moves that Hurney made. I'm hoping that he works better with Gettleman. If not, I could see him being replaced.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:13 PM

Collins was not as good as McNair but I can't really say he was a failure either. He threw for a lot of yards and took the Giants to the superbowl. He had a good year with the Titans too. He should have been our starter for ten years but Capers went public with what should have been a private conversation.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:16 PM

Great drafts are made in the mid-late rounds. As a GM I can throw a dart at the first round and probably end up with a starter. Especially if you are in the top half.

Look at all the 2nd round busts Hurney had.


His bad luck/ lack of skill, in the second round was really made worse by trading out of the first round for two years in a row.