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Best Draft Picks in Panthers History by Round

The Panthers had very mixed results for each and every round since 1995. I'm going to look at which draft pick made the biggest impact on this team for each round. I found it odd that all of my choices except for one were on the 2011 squad. I believe that shows how well this team drafted in the first round and how poorly it drafted in the later rounds. You may view the entire Panthers draft history here.

1) Cam Newton. I'm going to with Cam simply because the team has become extremely exciting to watch since his arrival. The complete 180 the offense took from Week 17 against the Falcons in 2010 to Week 1 against the Cardinals in 2011 is simply amazing. I hope he can deliver in the future. Julius Peppers gets an honorable mention here. He is the organization's all time sacks leader for a reason.

2) Muhsin Muhammad. From his 85 yard super bowl TD to his league leading 2004 season, Muhammad gave the Panthers a consistent and reliable option at receiver. Muhammad was one of the best blocking WR's in the game. He deserves a lot of credit for Carolina's high rushing totals in 2008-2009. Kris Jenkins would've definitely been my choice if he didn't battle injuries. He took over games for us. Rucker and Minter also get honorable mentions here.

3) Steve Smith. See rules and regulations. E65ac908a867c41a1b0f6a70670028ae_medium

4) Travelle Wharton. He played in 99 games and started 99 games for the Panthers. A very solid starter at LT and LG for us from 2004-2011.

5) Geoff Hangartner. Although his play has diminished recently, he started quite a few games through the years and pitched in when the OL sustained injuries at C and G.

6) Greg Hardy. Wow, I'm not sure how I forgot about him earlier. Double digit sack producer? Sounds good.

7) Captain Munnerlyn. 34 starts for a 7th round pick? I don't care about his deficiencies; you can't ask for more contribution from the last round. He's a solid nickel at least. Kris Mangum gets an honorable mention here.

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