The 2017 NFL Draft has come and gone and surprisingly, the Carolina Panthers filled all of their needs. Instead of the best player available strategy that David Gettleman has used in the past, they went a different route, VERSATILITY.
1st Round, No. 8: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
- Combine Stats: Age: 20, 5’11”, 202lbs., 40 yard dash: 4.48 seconds, Vertical: 37.5”
- Comes from a family of athletes, his father Ed McCaffrey played 13 years in the NFL at WR. His mother played soccer at Stanford. His older brother, Max, played football at Duke. His uncle Billy McCaffrey played basketball at Duke and Vanderbilt, and his maternal grandfather was an Olympic track star.
- Multiple position player: RB (21 TDs), WR (10 TDs), Punt Returner (1 TD) & Kickoff Returner (1 TD)
- Career at Stanford:
- 5,128 yards from scrimmage & 31 TDs (3 seasons)
- As a Junior became the first player to rush for over 100 yards (172) & have over 100 yards receiving (109) in the Rose Bowl, setting the record with 368 all-purpose yards in a Rose Bowl game (2015)
- Broke Barry Sander’s NCAA record of 3,250 all-purpose yards, finishing with 3,864 (2015)
- Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year (2015), Consensus All-American (2015), 1st-Team All-Pac 12 (2015,2016), Associated Press Player of the Year (2015), Paul Hornung Award (2015) for the most versatile player in the NCAA & Heisman Trophy runner-up (2015)
2nd Round, No. 40: Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
- Combine Stats: Age: 20, 5’11”, 196lbs., 40 yard dash: 4.31, Vertical: 37”
- Multiple position player who was the only player in the NCAA in 2016 to have 700+ yards rushing & 800+ yards receiving. Also averaged 21.6 yards per return
- 1st Team All-Big Ten (2016), led conference with 128.8 all-purpose yards per game & led Ohio State in TDs (15)
2nd Round, No. 64: Taylor Moton, OL, Western Michigan
- Combine Stats: 6’5”, 319lbs., Vertical: 30.5”
- Very durable player who started every game in 4 years at WMU.
- Played both Guard & Tackle
- As a Senior at Left Tackle earned 1st team All-Mac and helped lead his team to a MAC Championship
3rd Round, No. 77: Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
- Combine Stats: Age: 21, 6’5”, 266lbs., Vertical: 36”
- Panthers traded 98th & 115th pick to Cardinals for 77th pick
- Played opposite of Myles Garret & recorded 27.5 tackles for loss, 158 tackles & 14 sacks in 4 years at Texas A&M
- A very versatile player that has experience playing both the wide-9 & 5-technique as a DE & OLB
5th Round, No. 152: Corn Elder, CB, Miami
- Combine Stats: Age: 22, 5’10”, 183lbs., 40 yard dash: 4.55
- Very versatile player who was a top 30 RB Nationally in High School & won Mr. Football RB of the Year in Tennessee as a Junior & Senior
- Can be described by the 3 C’s: Composure, Confidence & Competiveness
- A tenacious corner who is aggressive and a tough physical hitter
- 1st Team All-ACC (2016), and returned both kickoffs & punts
6th Round, No. 192: Alex Armah, DE/TE, West Georgia
- Age: 22, 6’2”, 253lbs.
- Described as a workout warrior, a very durable, tough & versatile player.
- 2-way player who was named 1st-Team All-Gulf South as a DE & 2nd Team All-Gulf South as a TE
- Projected as a FB for the Panthers
7th Round, No. 233: Harrison Butker, PK Georgia Tech
- Age: 21, 6’4”, 199lbs.
- A 4 year starter at Georgia Tech as a true freshman
- All-time leading scorer in school history (331 points) & holds the record for most successful PATs (208)
- 3rd Team All-ACC (2016)
Post-Draft Signings & Cuts:
Undrafted Free Agents & Signings:
- Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson
- Fred Ross, WR, Mississippi State
- Bryan Cox Jr. , DL Florida
- Cole Luke, CB, Notre Dame
- Austin Stephens, C, Utah State
- Austin Duke, WR, Charlotte
- Danny Dillion, LS, Cardinals/Campbell (Tryout)
- Drew Iddings, DT, Raiders/South Dakota (Tryout)
- Zach Moore, DE, 49ers
- Tre Boston, DB
- Devon Johnson, FB
- Lou Young, CB
- Jack Rodgers, OT
- Jordan Rigsbee, OT
All in all the Panthers had a great draft weekend by filling major roster holes. Next up is rookie mini-camp, which starts at 10:45am Friday, May 5th.