In case you missed it, here is the underrated bracket:
Most Underrated Panthers
1. Chris Gamble
||1. Chris Gamble
|16. Brentson Buckner
|8. Mike Minter||???|
|9. Nick Goings|
|5. Michael Bates||12. Will Witherspoon||???|
|12. Will Witherspoon|
|4. Thomas Davis||4. Thomas Davis|
|13. Travelle Wharton|
|6. Brad Hoover||6. Brad Hoover||???||???|
|11. Keydrick Vincent|
|3. Al Wallace||14. James Anderson|
|14. James Anderson|
|7. Jeff Mitchell||???||???|
|10. Brandon LaFell|
|2. Charles Johnson||2. Charles Johnson
|15. Kris Mangum|
Today we're voting on the 7 vs. 10 matchup -- Jeff Mitchell vs. Brandon LaFell.
In case you're unfamiliar with Jeff Mitchell, here's some info on him courtesy of Wikipedia (aka "the internet"):
Mitchell was the veteran anchor on the Carolina offensive line for five years, from 2001 to 2005. He led the Panthers offensive line that allowed only twenty-six sacks in 2003, a team record for fewest sacks allowed in a season, and helped Panthers rush for a team-record 2,091 yards, including a team-individual mark of 1,444 yards by Stephen Davis. Mitchell joined Jordan Gross as the only Panthers offensive linemen to start every game in 2004.
Given the fact that he was the anchor of the offensive line that played in the Super Bowl and no one ever mentions his name when they talk about the best players to play in a Panthers uniform, I'd say that makes him underrated.
Brandon LaFell is one of the most underrated players on the current Panthers roster, and the majority of folks who underrate him are Panthers fans. I'm not going to fan the flames and start another Brandon LaFell argument, but knowing that he doesn't get recognition from the fanbase for putting up comparable stats to Muhsin Muhammad's first three seasons, nearly equaling David Gettis' Hall of Fame worthy rookie season, being a consistent force on third down and putting up solid numbers for a third option in the passing game makes him vastly underrated.
Alright, now it's time to vote. Who do you think deserves to move on in the tournament? Let's open up the poll and find out who comes out on top. This is a tough vote, but it has to be done. So, who do you think was more underrated -- Jeff Mitchell or Brandon LaFell? Cast your vote now!
Please remember that voting will close in 48 hours.