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CAROLINA PANTHERS

Round 1 (14): Edge Brian Burns, Florida State

Round 2 (37): OT Greg Little, Ole Miss

Round 3 (100): QB Will Grier, West Virginia

Round 4 (115): Edge Christian Miller, Alabama

Round 5 (154): RB Jordan Scarlett, Florida

Round 6 (212): OT Dennis Daley, South Carolina

Round 7 (237): WR Terry Godwin, Georgia

Day 1: 

A favorite of PFF Senior Content & Strategy Analyst Austin Gayle’s, Florida State edge defender Brian Burns is special. He’s a freakish athlete with great bend that can win outside with the best of them. He’s also a very, very smart player that will only continue to get better at the next level. He also earned a career-high 87.2 overall grade in 2018.

“Burns is much more refined [than Leonard Floyd] in terms of using his hands… So, with the upward trajectory of his career, he’s the kind of guy I bet on to continue to succeed at the NFL level.” – Pro Football Focus’ Lead Draft Analyst Mike Renner

Day 2:

Ole Miss offensive tackle Greg Little and West Virginia signal-caller Will Grier were both top-35 overall players for PFF in this year’s draft. Over the past two seasons, Little allowed all of 26 total pressures on 993 pass-blocking snaps. Grier tied Drew Lock for the NCAA lead with 33 big-time throws and has the second-best best passing grade behind Kyler Murray. Grier won’t start for Carolina, but he’s a capable backup that has a good chance of starting for someone in the NFL in the future.

Day 3:

Carolina’s first two picks of Day 3, former Alabama edge defender Christian Miller and Florida running back Jordan Scarlett, both offer upside if they can put it together at the next level.

Among edge defenders with at least 400 defensive snaps in 2018, Miller ranked 27th in overall grade, tied for 32nd in run-defense grade and tied for 18th in pass-rush grade. He’s a raw prospect with untapped potential having played fewer than 700 defensive snaps in his Crimson tide career.

Scarlett was suspended for the entire 2017 season, putting his future in the NFL in jeopardy. But the Florida back returned to form in 2018, earning the fourth-best rushing grade (86.4) in the 2019 class. He’s a bit of a thumper with surprising speed that should make a living forcing missed tackles in the NFL; he’s a great complement to Christian McCaffrey in Carolina.

DRAFT GRADE: EXCELLENT

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I’m glad we have all the answers—in April. 

I’ll say this: I can respect this write-up, as it has some depth and meaningful data. 99% of the other garbage out there is speculative redundancy. 

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nah get outa here with positivity. we need to rage senseless about a safety like we wont pick up a vet in a few days 

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2 minutes ago, CarolinaNCSU said:

Panthers/Tepper's use of analytics making an impact?  

I guess we'll see, but that's what I was thinking about these picks. It does seem like analytics was an integral part for us in this draft.

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2 hours ago, TheSpecialJuan said:

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Round 1 (14): Edge Brian Burns, Florida State

Round 2 (37): OT Greg Little, Ole Miss

Round 3 (100): QB Will Grier, West Virginia

Round 4 (115): Edge Christian Miller, Alabama

Round 5 (154): RB Jordan Scarlett, Florida

Round 6 (212): OT Dennis Daley, South Carolina

Round 7 (237): WR Terry Godwin, Georgia

Day 1: 

A favorite of PFF Senior Content & Strategy Analyst Austin Gayle’s, Florida State edge defender Brian Burns is special. He’s a freakish athlete with great bend that can win outside with the best of them. He’s also a very, very smart player that will only continue to get better at the next level. He also earned a career-high 87.2 overall grade in 2018.

“Burns is much more refined [than Leonard Floyd] in terms of using his hands… So, with the upward trajectory of his career, he’s the kind of guy I bet on to continue to succeed at the NFL level.” – Pro Football Focus’ Lead Draft Analyst Mike Renner

Day 2:

Ole Miss offensive tackle Greg Little and West Virginia signal-caller Will Grier were both top-35 overall players for PFF in this year’s draft. Over the past two seasons, Little allowed all of 26 total pressures on 993 pass-blocking snaps. Grier tied Drew Lock for the NCAA lead with 33 big-time throws and has the second-best best passing grade behind Kyler Murray. Grier won’t start for Carolina, but he’s a capable backup that has a good chance of starting for someone in the NFL in the future.

Day 3:

Carolina’s first two picks of Day 3, former Alabama edge defender Christian Miller and Florida running back Jordan Scarlett, both offer upside if they can put it together at the next level.

Among edge defenders with at least 400 defensive snaps in 2018, Miller ranked 27th in overall grade, tied for 32nd in run-defense grade and tied for 18th in pass-rush grade. He’s a raw prospect with untapped potential having played fewer than 700 defensive snaps in his Crimson tide career.

Scarlett was suspended for the entire 2017 season, putting his future in the NFL in jeopardy. But the Florida back returned to form in 2018, earning the fourth-best rushing grade (86.4) in the 2019 class. He’s a bit of a thumper with surprising speed that should make a living forcing missed tackles in the NFL; he’s a great complement to Christian McCaffrey in Carolina.

DRAFT GRADE: EXCELLENT

On paper it's a very stong draft.

Hurney knew that by tading our 3rd rounder to get Greg Little he was saying goodbye to a possible starter at another position. It was the right call.

Acquiring a natural LT not only solidifies our O-line but health permitting, turns it into a tremendous strength.

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This was indeed a very productive draft,  addressing needs with quality draft picks. In additional to resignings and Free Agents pick ups. We/Hurney/Tepper has done an excellent job this far. Weather we get a Safety or not,  I think we'll be good,  but it would be nice...

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2 hours ago, CarolinaNCSU said:

Panthers/Tepper's use of analytics making an impact?  

A big part of analytics is determining which factors actually matter... and an understanding that analytics don't tell you everything as there's an infinite number of variables to consider.

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BUT SAFETY

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I really get annoyed with the huddle “expert” rage every year. Just because you watched college football and YouTube highlight videos doesn’t make you a scout. 

Just because you played high school football and played for your community college for two years doesn’t mean you know more about preparing for games than Rivera.

We all have guys we like and dislike. Acting like a child because we didn’t draft who YOU wanted us to draft isn’t gonna change anything. I wanted a safety as well. I wanted Sweat with our first pick. But I’m absolute stoked to have a freak athlete with leadership quality in Burns. I’m thrilled we addressed LT aggressively. 

I scratched my head drafting Grier and two power RBs late (I know one was a UDFA before someone gets cute). But I hope they turn out to be the  next Rodgers, Lynch and Zeke. 

I didn’t want Hurney back as a GM. But I sure hope he crushes now that he is. Everyone acting pessimistic needs to realize one thing about themselves. You really don’t know poo compared to our scouts and coaches. You don’t know poo about managing these players on and off the field like Rivera and Marty. You don’t know poo about evaluating talent. And if you are hoping our picks fail now instead of getting excited about their potential, then frankly you are just a baby b*tch

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