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2020 NFL Draft: The full list of Carolina Panthers draft picks and an overall grade

The Panthers made seven picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Let’s recap who the picks are and grade the overall draft.

The Carolina Panthers made seven draft picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, and here’s a quick look back at each one.

Carolina Panthers draft picks

Round 1, No. 7 overall — Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Round 2, No. 38 overall — Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Round 2, No. 64 overall — Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
Round 4, No. 113 overall — Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame
Round 5, No. 152 overall — Kenny Robinson Jr., S, West Virginia
Round 6, No. 184 overall — Bravvion Roy, DT, Baylor
Round 7, No. 221 overall — Stantley Thomas-Oliver, CB, FIU

My take

I really like what the Panthers did with their draft class. Let’s face it: The 2019 defense was abysmal, and it wasn’t going to get better without the Panthers investing draft picks into it. They needed to get younger and faster on defense, and that’s exactly what they did this weekend. I won’t argue that they should have also focused some of their picks on adding to their offensive line, but I can’t knock them too much for focusing on repairing a very broken defense as efficiently as they did.

I love the Derrick Brown pick. I think a monster defensive tackle to pair with Kawann Short was a smart move, and I think he’ll be well worth the first round selection for years to come. I’m also a big fan of the selection of Yetur Gross-Matos, because we needed to replace Mario Addison and Wes Horton at defensive end, and I believe Gross-Matos will be able to do that.

Jeremy Chinn is a ballplayer. He’s also a hell of an athlete, and he’s extremely fast. I like that. I’m glad we finally have an athletic, fast safety on the roster. It seems like it’s been forever since we’ve been able to say that. Troy Pride Jr. is also a super fast player (he’s a track athlete so you know he’s got some wheels), and I like the decision to take him in the fourth round. Kenny Robinson Jr. has a chance to be the steal of the draft if the coaching staff can harness his ball hawking abilities and help him make the jump from the XFL to the NFL.

I like taking a rotational nose tackle in the sixth round. I think Matt Rhule and Phil Snow are well acquainted with Bravvion Roy, and if they feel he’s a value pick in the sixth round then I’m going to take their word for it. The Panthers went from having no depth on the defensive interior to having a solid rotation of players in just one weekend, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

The seventh round really doesn’t even matter, but I like what the Panthers did there as well. Stantley Thomas-Oliver may not even make the team, but I can’t complain too much about the Panthers seeing that their defense was in shambles and doing something to fix it.

Final grade: A

What about you, Panthers fans? What grade do you give the 2020 draft class?


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