Panthers Draft History Review: 1998 Gems

I'm continuing my series reviewing the Panthers draft history in terms of gems and busts. This post looks at the potential gems from the 1998 draft and concludes with a poll to pick the best gem. We have our work cut out for us with this draft.

The candidates for Panthers Gem of the 1998 draft:

  • 3 (62) DE Chuck Wiley

Though I included Wiley in the '98 bust list he did have a good season in 2000 with the Falcons. Like I said, we are scrapping together options for '98.

  • 4 (106) WR Donald Hayes 

Hakes played four seasons for the Panthers with his best being 2000 when he caught 66 balls for 924 yards and 3 TDs. In what we hoped was a step towards greater heights ended up being the pinnacle of his career. He later played one season with the Patriots. Hayes had great height and hands and gave us some nice highlights but could never bring down the big catch consistently. 

  • 6 (165) S Damian Richardson

Richardson played four seasons for the Panthers amassing 107 tackles and 1 INT. Richardson lost the 2003 season to injury that later led to his retirement the following offseason. Richardson was know as a big hitter and a good tackler but didn't last long enough to make a big impression

So there are our 3 candidates for the Panthers gem of the 1998 draft. Take the poll!

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