In just about every re-draft I’ve seen for the past 10 years the Panthers selection gets taken earlier than the Panthers actually selected the player. That is a good sign that the draft pick has out performed their slot. Now for some Panthers fans you might think the Panthers selection of WR Kelvin Benjamin at #28 might be an exception. You would be wrong:
13. ST. LOUIS RAMS
Pick: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh, DT
Do-over: Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, WR
Comment: With Khalil Mack in the fold with the second overall pick, the Rams get to address their WR need with a touchdown maker who is extremely difficult to cover down the field. I know he has a torn ACL right now, but his ability and the Rams' need are a perfect match in 2014.
With DT Aaron Donald already of the board the re-mock instead places the Panthers over-sized WR in St. Louis. While I’m not that surprised Benjamin was selected earlier than 28 the slotting at #13 is surprising. There are still a lot of good players on the board like S HaHa Clinton-Dix, CB Reggie Roby and OT Jake Matthews. I’m thinking Benjamin is happy with the way things actually turned out.
So with Benjamin off the board who did they slot to the Panthers at #28? It’s always interesting to see.
28. CAROLINA PANTHERS
Pick: Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, WR
Do-over: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State, RB
Comment: Hyde has had some injury issues and has had to run behind a shaky offensive line, but we've seen flashes of what he's capable of. Hyde's youth and power would be a great complement to what Cam Newton brings to the table.
I wouldn’t have argued with that pick in hindsight at all. At the time though it would have been a real head scratcher with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart still on the roster. It may have quicken Williams departure, which occurred after the 2014 season. Hell it may have led to both Williams and Stewart being jettisoned.
Of course the whole nature of a re-mock is you are going to get a good player. Hyde would have been a star in Carolina too though, maybe even more so if he was the lead RB the past three seasons.
So do you agree most re-mock drafts tend to highlight the Panthers draft success?
I think a year from now when they start re-mocking this latest draft RB Christian McCaffrey will be slotted higher than 8th. But we will have to wait to find out.