2008 Carolina Panthers Draft Class

Discussion in 'Carolina Panthers' started by ncnvader, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. ncnvader

    ncnvader Stewart and Williams

    Round 1: #13 Overall - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
    Pick Analysis: Stewart will pair with DeAngelo Williams in Carolina's backfield. He's recovering from toe surgery, but the Panthers felt comfortable enough about the injury to take him with the 13th pick. Stewart started 25 contests with 516 carries for 2,891 yards and 27 touchdowns. He's got great quickness and strength.

    For more: http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/jonathan-stewart?id=949

    Round 1: #19 Overall - Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
    Pick Analysis: The Panthers move up to select Otah, who started 24 games the last two years at Pittsburgh. The idea is to have Otah open up holes for Carolina's earlier first-round pick, Jonathan Stewart. Otah's strength and toughness were major selling points for Carolina.

    For More: http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/jeff-otah?id=292

    Round 3: #67 Overall - Charles Godfrey, CB, Iowa
    Pick Analysis: The Panthers get good value with Godfrey in the third round. He's a little thick in the upper body which makes it harder to have the quick reaction necessary at corner, but he could fit well as a cover-two corner or safety in the NFL. He's an excellent tackler, but can get beaten in pass coverage.

    For More: http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/charles-godfrey?id=1292

    Round 3: #74 Overall - Dan Connors, ILB, Penn State
    Pick Analysis: Connor has been compared to Dan Morgan and is a great value at this spot in the draft. He needs to work on his pass coverage and at his size could struggle to play on all the downs and distances. He had over 400 tackles in college, can call the defense and play strong-side or middle linebacker. One of the smartest players in the draft and had excellent production in college.

    For More: http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/dan-connor?id=212

    Round 5: #141 Overall - Gary Barnidge, TE, Louisville
    Pick Analysis: Barnidge had excellent college production - 108 receptions, 17 TDs and almost 14 yards per catch. He gets in and out of breaks well and has the ability to change direction. He caught passes from Brian Brohm at Louisville and it's a little surprising he fell this far.

    For More: http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/gary-barnidge?id=1060

    Round 6: #181 Overall - Nick Hayden, DT, Wisconsin
    Pick Analysis: The Panthers came into the draft wanting to address their defensive line. They didn't do it until taking Hayden in the sixth round. Hayden comes with experience, having started for four years at Wisconsin. His greatest strength is his strength; he had 34 reps on the bench at the combine. Known as a run stuffer, he will need to improve on his consistency and technique.

    For More: http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/nick-hayden?id=1336

    Round 7: #221 Overall - Hilee Taylor, DE-OLB, North Carolina
    Pick Analysis: A defensive end who projects to an outside linebacker in the pros. A three-year starter at North Carolina who will likely start out on special teams.

    For More: http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/hilee-taylor?id=4403

    Round 7: #241 Overall (compensatory Selection) - Geoff Schwartz, OL, Oregon
    Pick Analysis: Schwartz probably projects as more of a guard than a tackle. He has good strength but lacks speed and quickness. For a Panthers line thin on depth, he will be provided ample opportunity for growth.

    For More: http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/geoff-schwartz?id=842

    Round 7: #250 Overall (compensatory Selection) - Mackenzy Bernadeau, OG, Bentley
    Pick Analysis: Bernadeau worked out at Boston College's Pro Day and got a great deal of exposure there. He had a decent workout and projects to be a guard. He might be valuable on kickoff and punt return coverage.

    For More: http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/mackenzy-bernadeau?id=4215
  2. ncnvader

    ncnvader Stewart and Williams

    I think we had a great draft for the second year in a row. It sucks we lost next years first rounder, but at the same time, i'm happy we snagged Otah and Stewart. If Fox and Hurney want to stay for another season, we have to get into the playoffs and win a few. This season is do or die for them.

    Dan Connors was also a steal midway through the third round. I hope he turns out to be alot like Dan Morgan... without the injuries.
  3. spent

    spent TSZ Groupie

    nice summary!
  4. G Killette

    G Killette Rookie

    I think Dan Conner is going to be the big stunner in the 2008 Draft Clbutt. He was rated as the top inside line backer in this years class so I have high hopes for him. Just curious if He or Beason will start at MLB.
  5. K Train

    K Train Do You Honeycutt?

    stewart, godfrey and connor are awesome picks. be prepared to be disappointed in otah though, hes a fat slob that will get pushed around because he has no understanding of leverage and poor footwork...his pass blocking is borderlined terrible and will probably never be able to handle the lateral movement involved with playing on the left. Stewart is the unquestioned best back in this years class though and will be have a great career...at least otah has the potential to be a mauling run blocker
  6. G Killette

    G Killette Rookie

    I'm hoping Gross will hold the Left Tackle spot myself. I think the idea with Otah will be the run game. I have heard pretty much the same thing about his foot work. hopefully they will get that worked out in training camp. He better work out though considering what he cost us. LOL
  7. K Train

    K Train Do You Honeycutt?

    i would have been furious if the steelers drafted him and our line sucks lol. just wasnt first round good to me.
  8. G Killette

    G Killette Rookie

    Well, Marty pulled the trigger on it. I just hope that bullet hits something.