Now that the Carolina Panthers have played a preseason game it is time to take a quick look at how the draft class of 2019 is shaping up.
First round pick Brian Burns appears to be everything as advertised and more. Burns accrued two sacks on only ten snaps against the Chicago Bears. If my math is correct, that is a sack on twenty percent of his reps. At that rate he will break the NFL sack record by week 3. One can dream, right?
The Carolina Panthers almost traded up into the first round to select left tackle Greg Little. Little then fell to their second round selection where Marty Hurney quickly selected him. Little has struggled through training camp for the most part. However, he started at left tackle against the Bears where he held his own for the most part. Little played 48 snaps, among the most on the team.
Will Grier was tagged as the backup quarterback on the evening behind Kyle Allen. Grier showed rust early but was able to string together solid drives as the game went on. It will be interesting to see if the Carolina Panthers place Grier ahead of Allen for the next preseason game. They may want to get a look at him with the support of better players.
Fourth round linebacker Christian Miller had 44 snaps, the most of any defensive player on the team. However, he did not record a tackle or a sack. Probably not great news for someone on the field for so long. The Panthers would love to see Miller step up and provide immediate depth at the outside linebacker / edge position.
Running back Jordan Scarlett did not play against the Bears due to a sore back. I would not worry much, Scarlett will make the team easily and push for the backup running back spot on gamedays.
Offensive tackle Dennis Daley started at left guard against the Bears. Daley looked solid against the Bears’ backup players. He could provide adequate depth at guard this season making his selection in the sixth round well worth the investment.
Wide receiver Terry Godwin had the second most impressive performance for a rookie (behind Brian Burns). Godwin not only looked capable as a receiver but also provided the best punt returns of the evening. He is now a favorite to earn that sixth wide receiver position with the Panthers.sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.