The first round continues with two players who strong arguments could be made were the best at their respective positions while playing for the Carolina Panthers. Stephen Davis was the engine that lead the Panthers to the Superbowl in 2003, and Beuerlein was the first QB to show us what good play looked like at the position.
After the jump we'll look at the players and discuss the matchup.
Stephen Davis, RB
Statistics while a Panther: 29 games, 2,085 yards, 20 TD
Accolades: 2003 Pro Bowler
- Stephen Davis is in my opinion the best free agent acquisition the Carolina Panthers ever made. A player who was seen as possibly slowing down when Washington let him go following the 2002 season, Davis had the perfect skill-set for John Fox's run-first mentality. A powerful runner whose best season came in 2003 when he ran for 1,444 yards on the way to Carolina's first playoff birth under Fox.
Steve Beuerlein, QB
Statistics while a Panther: 59 games, 12,690 passing yards, 86 TD, 50 INT, 87.9 QB rating
Accolades: 1999 Pro Bowler, Led league in passing in 1999
- In 1999 Steve Beuerlein got robbed. Sure, Kurt Warner was far and away the best QB of the year... but Peyton Manning had no business winning 2nd team all-pro over Beuerlein who passed for 300 more yards and 10 more touchdowns than Manning, despite throwing only one more interception. Sadly, Beuerlein wasn't the 'sexy' pick and he only got a pro bowl nod for his troubles. What Steve Beuerlein brought to the Panthers was the first semblence of good QB play the team had seen; when #7 played the team was better for it.