The Carolina Panthers started to work on rebuilding their team last week during the NFL Draft. The team drafted the rookies that they felt would be the most help towards rebuilding the franchise. In this article we are going to look at the picks the Panthers had see how they did. So without a further ado let’s dive in.
Round 1, Pick #7–Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
The Carolina Panthers decided to start to take care of their number one need, the interior defensive line. Derrick Brown is a phenomenal interior defensive lineman out of Auburn who is going to be a huge help to the Panthers; especially considering that they had one of the worst run defenses in the nation last season. Brown is a big and strong physical presence who can easily clog up the middle of the line and mess up an offensive line’s game plan. Together, him and Kawann Short should do a great job on the interior line for the Panthers D-Line. I give this pick a grade of an A. It fills a huge need for the team and will be a great addition to a defensive rebuild.
Round 2, Pick #38–Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
The Panthers decided to grab a pass rusher in the second round. Coach Matt Rhule and General Manager Marty Hurney decided it would be a good idea to get another pass rusher to go along with second year EDGE guy Brian Burns. Now the team’s pass rush looks really strong going into the 2020 season. Rhule stated that he wanted to rebuild the defense from the defensive line back, and he stuck to his word. The defensive line is in much better shape with this selection.
Round 2, Pick #64–Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
The Panthers passed on Isaiah Simmons with their seventh pick, and well they may have found his doppelganger in the second round. They committed highway robbery by taking a fifth round pick that they got from Washington for Kyle Allen and a third rounder to move up and take Jeremy Chinn out of Southern Illinois. Chinn is a freak of nature athlete standing at 6’3” and 220 pounds. It may take some time for him to grow but considering the losses they took at the safety position during the offseason, he should be a huge help and likely a starter.
Round 4, Pick #113–Troy Pride, CB, Notre Dame
The Panthers definitely have a need to address with their secondary. Pride is a young and raw corner who has issues tackling, but he has a great deal of athleticism that make up for his short comings. Say what you want about this pick but it fills a need, considering they lost their number one corner James Bradberry in Free Agency. Not the best pick up but a solid pick that will help the secondary out.
Round 5, Pick #152–Kenny Robertson, S, West Virginia
This is a bit of a questionable pick considering the Panthers already snagged a Safety. Robinson was a top player at West Virginia however he was in hot water for Academic Fraud and was expelled from the school. He then went on to play in the XFL to try and salvage his career. He obviously put himself on the map with the XFL and he is a ball hawking, hard hitting, and versatile safety who should do well for the Panthers.
Round 6, Pick #184–Bravvion Roy, IDL, Baylor
I rate the 6th Round pick for the Panthers at a C. Roy is a unique case in this Draft. He had one standout year at Baylor. Is the one year just a fluke or is he really good? Only time will tell but he will definitely add some depth to the defensive line.
Round 7, Pick #221–Stantley Thomas-Oliver, CB, FIU
I was really surprised that the Panthers decided to take a risk here. Oliver spent most of the time at Wide Receiver and only recently made the transition to Cornerback in his last year at Florida International. The Panthers were risky with this pick but hey, it’s the seventh round in the Draft so why not? Right? Although it would have been good for them to have picked up an offensive lineman or maybe even a linebacker.
Overall I give the Panthers a B+ in this Draft. Overall they set out to try and start rebuilding their defense, and that they did, using every single pick in the Draft towards the defense. They helped booster their defensive line by drafting Brown and Gross-Matos. Chinn was also a raw but great addition to the defense. It may take time, but the Panthers are slowly but surely setting themselves up to once again have a top tier defense in the NFL.
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