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Panthers NFL draft grade round-up for Day 1-2

Grades for the Panthers first four picks are all over the board

Looking around the interwebs here’s the grades for the Panthers selection of RB Christian McCaffrey, WR Curtis Samuels and DE Daeshon Hall.

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77 A

Panthers select: Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M

Love this pick in this spot. Dave Gettleman know defensive ends. This is a steal.

Damn right Gettleman knows DEs, so does Rivera.

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Carolina Panthers

2-40: Curtis Samuel, WR/RB, Ohio State

2-64: Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan

3-77: Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M

The Panthers doubled up on all-around offensive threats by getting Samuel to go along with first-round pick Christian McCaffrey. Samuel is a speedy player who can work out of the slot and get deep. In that regard he fits the system. At some point, however, the Panthers need to get a pass rusher or two. The Panthers are going to be fun on offense, and they’ll have to be good since the defense is lacking in edge rushers.

Moton is a right tackle or guard for the Panthers. He started 52 games for Western Michigan and upgrades Carolina’s line. Hall was the smart pick at No. 77. He was a little hot and cold as a pass rusher, but he’s a good all-around player and replacement for Kony Ealy. Grade: C+

Umm...the Panthers did get a DE and I like his chances of being really good.

NFL draft 2017: Live grades for every pick -

77. Carolina Panthers: Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M

Grade: C+

More stupidity. A B grade I can see someone justifying but not a C. Where we saw a 2 TE set being more in the game plan but instead the Panthers see McCaffrey and Samuel jitterbugging their way all over the field. I’m excited to see the product on the field.

Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: B+ Grade

Credit to Joe Person for first linking Christian McCaffrey to the Panthers. McCaffrey checks off all the boxes for the Panthers. He's everything Carolina looks for in a prospect, and he fills a huge need at running back. He's extremely versatile, and Cam Newton will love working with him. Carolina's offense was stagnant last year. Part of that was Newton being hurt, but a major factor was the lack of weapons at Newton's disposal beyond Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin. That will no longer be the case with McCaffrey now in the mix.

That’s more reasonable. It doesn’t last though.

Grading all 32 first-round picks in the 2017 NFL draft | For The Win

8. Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford — Carolina Panthers


Analysis: McCaffrey will be make the Panthers offense better. Like Darren Sproles, he’ll make an impact on all four downs. But is he worth a No. 8 pick? I’m not so sure. You can get a good running back in the later rounds. Dalvin Cook may end up a better NFL running back and he didn’t even go in the first round.

McCaffrey averaged 30 touches a game for Stanford. If he gets 20 in Carolina the offense will be more than improved. While I commend teams that appear to get value, the true analysis is incomplete.


Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan


And there’s the other Day 2 offensive tackle capable of stepping in as a rookie starter. The Panthers overpaid for Matt Kalil to play LT, so this is probably a safety net on the right side for Michael Oher, whose concussion issues have put his future in jeopardy. Moton is a mauler—a plug-and-play option for the Panthers’ revamped offense.

That’s more like it. Let’s end on a good note.