Overview of Panther's Draft Grades.

I wanted to post all our draft reviews in one post if anyone was interested. I know its kind of dumb to try and grade a draft before any players hit the field, but I like to see what everyone is saying about the Panthers draft.

If anyone finds any other reviews feel free to post them as a comment.

Mel Kiper- ESPN

Top needs: DT, CB, DE, WR, OLB

NEEDS C Value B+ Overall B-

Summary: Given all the health problems in their linebacking corps over the last couple years, and an inability to defend the run, Luke Kuechly at No. 9 was no surprise. That's where I had him projected, and I obviously love what he can do -- he's among my top 10 players in the draft, which is saying something for an inside linebacker. I'm pretty shocked they didn't get a single defensive tackle. That was a glaring weakness in 2011, not at all helped by injuries. Frank Alexander has some ability as a pass-rusher, and I can seeJosh Norman developing into a starter. As much as I like Kuechly, they drop a little because they didn't hit the top need. Hopefully their young defensive tackles continue to develop.

John Czareciki - FOX

Carolina Panthers

They landed the best pure middle linebacker in Boston College's Luke Kuechly, a tackling machine. He has the potential to be another Brian Urlacher. ... They surrendered next year's third-round pick and a sixth-round pick in order to take pass-rushing end Frank Alexander out of Oklahoma. He better get 6 to 8 sacks this year to be worth that! ... Second-round pick Amini Silatolu (6-foot-3 1/2, 320) has been favorably compared to Larry Allen. Granted, Silatolu started his career as a defensive lineman and played at Division II Midwestern State. He may dominate, but a couple scouts pointed out he's not a rocket scientist. ... The Panthers didn't solve their headaches at defensive tackle, but they did get the draft's best returner (five punts for touchdowns) in Joe Adams from Arkansas. He'll also shore up Caroina's receiving corps. Grade: B

Vinnie Iyer- The Sporting News

( Panthers were grouped with other teams under the heading - This year's playoff contenders)

Carolina Panthers (A-minus)
Key picks:
ILB Luke Kuechly, G Amini Silatolu, DE Frank Alexander, WR Joe Adams.

Kuechly and Silatolu bring much-needed physical nastiness to each side of the ball, and Adams was a nice gift for Cam Newton. The minus comes for not getting a top DT

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2012 NFL Draft Grade: B+

Goals Entering the 2012 NFL Draft: The Panthers have their franchise quarterback in place. Now, they have to build around him and improve their defense. Upgrades can be acquired at almost every position on the stop unit.

2012 NFL Draft Accomplishments: Many projected Fletcher Cox to Carolina because defensive tackle apparently was its biggest need. The Panthers instead opted for Luke Kuechly, the top player available at No. 9 overall. Kuechly didn't fill an obvious hole, but Carolina could not rely on the injury-prone Thomas Davis and Jon Beason, who is coming off a torn Achilles.

The fact that the Panthers didn't select a defensive tackle whatsoever is quite puzzling. I was told by a reliable source to "move on" from mocking Cox to Carolina a few days prior to the draft because the team believed that defensive tackle was not a need. The front office believed in Sione Fua and Terrell McClain, and it had Ron Edwards coming back from injury. That sounds like a huge misevaluation of talent.

On a positive note, I liked some selections the Panthers made. Amini Silatolu should bolster the offensive front. Joe Adams projects as a nice deep threat for Cam Newton. And Josh Norman, filling the cornerback need, was a steal in the fifth round.

Pete Prisco-CBS sports

Carolina Panthers

Best pick: Fourth-round receiver Joe Adams is a nice player. He has the look of a good slot receiver.

Questionable move: It's quibbling, but taking Amini Silatolu in the second round over some bigger-school lineman is a risk. I like the kid, though, so I am nitpicking.

Third-day gem: Fifth-round corner Josh Norman comes from small-school Coastal Carolina. He impressed during the season, but didn't have a great Senior Bowl week. Some scouts think it was too big for him. But he has the ability if he can adjust.

Analysis: General manager Marty Hurney had a heck of a draft. It started with linebacker Luke Kuechly in the first round and it continued all the way through it. I love Adams and Norman on the final day.

Grade: B+

Michael Lombardi-

( under the heading of "best value picks" )

6. Frank Alexander, DE, Carolina (103rd). Alexander has great arm length and inside quickness, and he seems to have a knack for making plays. The ex-Sooner should be able to contribute to the Panthers defense right away. (video draft grades, NFC South) Link

Here's my cliff notes. - MIchael Lombardi likes our overall draft a lot. He goes on to say that Frank Alexander reminds him of Mike Rucker.

"If they get any kind of defensive play this year.... stay healthy....this team really... with Cam Newton can challenge tremendously."

Ryan Van Bibber - SBNation

Carolina Panthers: A

Well done by the Panthers to draft Luke Kuechly. In my mind and my mock drafts, mine included, I had a defensive tackle going to Carolina. Kuechly is a fine player, and will improve the run defense and give teams matchup problems over the middle.

Guard Amini Silatolu is another great pick. He gives Cam Newton an added measure of protection and helps the running game. Joe Adams can stretch the field with his speed. Cornerback Josh Norman may be a fifth-round bargain.

Did this draft class give Carolina a shot at the division with New Orleans weakened?

Todd McShay -ESPN

Carolina Panthers

Impact pick: G Amini Silatolu (second) -- Silatolu might struggle at times with the adjustment from a small school to the NFL, but he is a nasty, powerful lineman who will upgrade the interior running game and push for playing time early on.
Intriguing pick: CB Josh Norman (fifth) -- Norman has a reputation for being somewhat flighty and the Panthers might have their hands full keeping him focused, but if he maximizes his physical tools, Norman has the potential to become a starter. He's not much of a risk at No. 143 overall, but it's not often you find a corner that late who has at least a 50-50 chance of cracking the starting lineup. Norman can push for time in sub packages immediately, and with a solid defensive staff in place, it will be interesting to see whether this project works out for Carolina.

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