So the picks are in and the Panthers have certainly made some good picks and some that are sure to be considered controversial.The Panthers are known for utilizing the 'Best Player Available' strategy and it was in full force the past three days. From their first pick for QB Jimmy Clausen to their last three DB's taken there is plenty for everyone.
Those fans concerned about needs first will love the Brandon LaFell and Greg Hardy picks. Other will stratch their heads at the Tony Pike and three straight DB's at the end.
So lets grade it and hear your thoughts.
Round 2, Pick 16 (48) Jimmy Clausen QB 6'3" 222 Notre Dame 8.6 7 Pick Analysis: The Panthers surprisingly land a franchise quarterback in the second round with the selection of Jimmy Clausen. The former Notre Dame star was expected to come off the boards in the early part of the first round, but questions about his leadership skills and personality led to a dramatic slide down the charts. Although the free fall has surely dampened Clausen's spirits, the opportunity to go to a franchise without an established starter could lead to early playing time, if he performs to his potential during the preseason. Round 3, Pick 14 (78) Brandon LaFell WR 6'2" 211 LSU 7.5 -- Pick Analysis: The Panthers nab Brandon LaFell in an attempt to find a legitimate No. 2 receiver. Although he suffered through a disappointing senior season, LaFell has shown outstanding promise in the past, and could blossom into a credible weapon, if he plays to his potential. Round 3, Pick 25 (89) (From Cardinals through Patriots) Armanti Edwards QB 5'11" 187 Appalachian State 4.2 -- Pick Analysis: The Panthers pick up a wild card athlete in Armanti Edwards. The small-school standout was an outstanding quarterback during his time at Appalachian State, but could be in line for a move to wide receiver in the pros. Given his versatile skills and playmaking ability, the Panthers could use Edwards as a "Wildcat" option. Round 4, Pick 26 (124) (From Cardinals through Jets) Eric Norwood LB 6'1" 245 South Carolina 7.3 -- Pick Analysis: The Panthers pick up an underrated playmaker in Eric Norwood. Although he isn't an explosive athlete, he has outstanding instincts and shows good rush skills off the edge. With the Panthers lacking players capable of getting to the passer, Norwood could be a key contributor as a situational rusher. Round 6, Pick 6 (175) (From Raiders) Greg Hardy DE 6'4" 281 Mississippi 5.1 -- Pick Analysis: What a shame for Hardy. Three years ago, he was regarded as a future first-round pick with an explosive move off the edge. Injuries have taken their toll, to the point where he couldn't even start games at Ole Miss last season. He was used solely as a situational pass rusher and was nowhere near as explosive as his sophomore season. Here's hoping he gets healthy, regains his lost step and becomes the player he could have been with the Panthers. Round 6, Pick 29 (198) (From Jets) David Gettis WR 6'3" 217 Baylor 2.7 -- Round 6, Pick 33 (202) (Compensatory selection) Jordan Pugh DB 5'11" 200 Texas A&M -- -- Pick Analysis: The Patriots continue to add athletic players to their secondary with the selection of Jordan Pugh. Though New England has a roster full of young talent at the position, Pugh is another competitive player to throw into the mix. He will have to earn a spot as a backup/special teams standout. Round 6, Pick 35 (204) (Compensatory selection) Tony Pike QB 6'6" 223 Cincinnati 6.6 -- Pick Analysis: Carolina took Jimmy Clausen at No. 48 and now adds accomplished Cincinnati QB Tony Pike here at No. 204. What does that tell you about their confidence in Matt Moore? Round 7, Pick 16 (223) RJ Stanford DB 5'11" 180 Utah -- -- Round 7, Pick 42 (249) (Compensatory selection) Robert McClain DB Connecticut -- --