Not totally Panther related, but, I was looking through some archives from their head "scout" Matt Miller, and it is rather funny reading over his grades.
Ryan Tannehill, Quarterback, Texas A&M
The Dolphins needed a quarterback, but not this one. Tannehill is a reach at No. 8 and could be the final straw that breaks the camel's back in terms of Jeff Ireland's job security.
Tannehill is a great guy and a very good athlete, but as a quarterback, he's just OK. We don't like this pick, at all.
Luke Kuechly, Inside Linebacker, Boston College
The Panthers needed to go defense, but the smarter pick would have been Stephon Gilmore (CB, South Carolina) or a defensive tackle. The fact that they drafted an inside linebacker has us shaking our heads in the B/R war room.
Kuechly is a good athlete, but the huge gap at defensive tackle won't help this catch-and-tackle type linebacker who lacks the strength to take on blockers and make plays.
Bruce Irvin, Defensive End, West Virginia
Well...this isn't good.
The Seahawks also reached last year with James Carpenter at the end of Round 1, and they did it again here with Bruce Irvin. They obviously like Irvin a lot, but they could have traded back to get him.
Quinton Coples, Defensive End, North Carolina
Quinton Coples' picture above rightly sums up my feelings on this pick.
Coples will fill a need, but with guys like Courtney Upshaw and Melvin Ingram still on the board, the Jets should have addressed the outside linebacker position over the five-technique defensive end.
Coples has amazing athletic potential, but he plays with horrible effort and has questionable football IQ. For a team with a poor reputation and focus already, this is a bad, bad fit.
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Browns made a defensive move by trading up one spot to make sure that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could not draft Trent Richardson. With so many picks in this year's class, thanks to the trade with the Atlanta Falcons last year, the Browns were able to sacrifice three late-round picks to move up and get the best back in this class.
You might hear that this is too high for a running back. It's not.
The Seahawks received our lowest Round 1 grade for their reach to grab Bruce Irvin at No. 15 overall. They messed up again in Round 3 with Russell Wilson after having signed Matt Flynn this offseason. Neither pick makes much sense to us.
Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin saved the Seattle draft, but two of its first three picks were just bad.
Still laughing at all of it. I am going to go back later and look at the 2011 grades as well. Yikes.