The Official CSR Panthers Overrated/Underrated Tournament

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

We love to share our opinions here at CSR, so why don't we have a tournament to decide who we think are the most overrated and underrated players in franchise history?

As Jaxon posted yesterday, NFL.com recently did a feature highlighting the most overrated and underrated players in Panthers history, and while Jaxon did a fine job sharing his thoughts on the matter I thought it would be a fun idea to see how the community feels on the subject.

To do that, I polled the Editorial Staff and came up with 16 overrated players and 16 underrated players. We then ranked those players from 1-16 and I created a bracket that we will use as a way to vote on our favorites. After each vote, the winner will advance to the next round until there is one underrated and one overrated player left. At that point, we will have a final vote to determine if Player A is more overrated or if Player B is more underrated, and then we will crown a grand champion of over/under-ratedness (yes, I just made that up).

Before we get to the brackets, please keep one thing in mind: we based the rankings off of a collection of opinions on a player's worth. We took fans, media, and coaches' known opinions on these players into account as we compiled this list, so if there are names you disagree with in either bracket, it's probably because the media and/or coaches felt the player was overrated or underrated.

We will vote on one overrated and one underrated player per day, and we will hold votes two days per week. Voting will remain open for each matchup for 48 hours, so you will have plenty of time to think about your vote before you make your selection.

Ok, I think I've said enough. Below you will find the brackets.

Most Overrated Panthers

Page Title

1. Jake Delhomme ??? ??? ??? ???
16. Jason Baker
8. Ricky Manning, Jr. ???
9. Eugene Robinson
5. David Gettis
??? ???
12. Na'il Diggs
4. DeShaun Foster ???
13. Rocket Ismail
6. Richard Marshall ??? ??? ???
11. Jordan Gross
3. Mike Wahle ???
14. Doug Evans
7. Deon Grant ??? ???
10. Ken Lucas
2. Tim Biakabutuka ???
15. John Kasay

Page Title

Most Underrated Panthers

1. Chris Gamble ??? ??? ??? ???
16. Brentson Buckner
8. Mike Minter ???
9. Nick Goings
5. Michael Bates ??? ???
12. Will Witherspoon
4. Thomas Davis ???
13. Travelle Wharton
6. Brad Hoover ??? ??? ???
11. Keydrick Vincent
3. Al Wallace ???
14. James Anderson
7. Jeff Mitchell ??? ???
10. Brandon LaFell
2. Charles Johnson ???
15. Kris Mangum

Tomorrow we will get the voting started with the 1 vs. 16 matchups in both brackets, so you have some time to think about how you want to vote before the tournament begins. (Note: while you're certainly free to discuss it in the comment thread, no votes cast via comment will count towards the official total in the tournament.)

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