1st Round of 2020 Carolina Panthers Draft Class.
Derrick Brown is the best defensive tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft and he was selected by the Carolina Panthers. Brown was an absolute monster in his time at Auburn University, taking double and sometimes triple teams. In his career at Auburn, Brown totaled 170 tackles, 33 tackles for loss also 12.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 4 fumble recoveries. All career highs in his senior season in 2019.
Draft Grade: A+
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Yetur Gross-Matos Added To Building Defensive Line.
In the early second round of the NFL Draft, the Panthers went with the versatile defensive lineman out of Penn State University, Yetur Gross-Matos. There was several needs that were more important for the Panthers in the second round. With bigger holes on the defensive side of the ball, the most solidified piece off the defense was sort of a shocker. There was plenty of players of more value for the Panthers still available at 38, but this pick is a very nice value. Gross-Matos can play just about anywhere on the defensive line to help with the Panthers in any defensive package they put out onto the field.
Draft Grade: B+
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3rd Pick of 2020 Carolina Panthers Draft Class.
At the end of the second round, the Panthers traded back into the second round with the Seattle Seahawks giving away their 3rd and 5th round pick. With the 64th overall pick the Panthers selected Jeremy Chinn. Many believe Chinn will be the steal of the draft, comparing him to the number 8 pick in the first round Isaiah Simmons. The versatility, athleticism, the size. Chinn is already being talked about as the steal of the draft. The Panthers have already came out and said they believed Chinn was a first round talent. Chinn will be a key contributor as a rookie this season for the Panthers.
Draft Grade: A
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A Cornerback Is Selected.
With the Panthers 4th round pick in the NFL Draft, they selected Troy Pride Jr from Notre Dame University. Cornerback is a big hole that the Panthers had from the end of free agency. James Bradberry is now on the New York Giants, Ross Cockrell is still a free agent. There was nobody on the roster who could play opposite of Donte Jackson on defense. Pride in the 4th round is a similar player to Donte Jackson in play type. They are both fast and do not lack confidence no matter what happens to them on the play. Pride is no slated to be starting opposite of Jackson in the secondary for the Panthers. That is another starter this season drafted by the Panthers this year.
Draft Grade: A-
Second Safety Taken In The Draft By The Panthers.
Former Safety for West Virginia University and St. Louis Battlehawks, Kenny Robinson was the selection for the Panthers. Robinson is a taller more physical defensive back than Troy Pride Jr and Donte Jackson. There is the possibility of challenging Juston Burris for the starting position at Safety next to Tre Boston, or play as a cornerback against the bigger wide receivers of the NFC South and around the league. It is going to be intriguing to see what role Robinson ends up in for the Panthers defense.
Draft Grade: C+
Baylor Connection Finally Arrives.
Many people expected Matt Rhule would take some of his college players with him into the pros to be on the Panthers. In the 6th round, that became true. Matt Rhule and the Panthers selected Bravvion Roy from Baylor University. Roy adds to the Panthers young defensive line, who can come in rotation and help stuff the run. While playing defensive tackle, he can come in a solidify the middle while other players along the defensive line can be put in different positions to help everybody be more effective.
Draft Grade: C-
Final Pick of 2020 Carolina Panthers NFL Draft Class.
Completing the all defense draft, the Panthers selected Stantley Thomas-Oliver lll. Thomas-Oliver is coming in to bring depth for the secondary. With the few players for the secondary on the roster. Giving the team now 3 cornerbacks on the roster, possibly 4 depending how other players are moved around in the secondary. Now the defense of the Panthers seems full once again baring a few more additions.
Draft Grade: C
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Overall Draft Grade.
In conclusion, the Panthers drafted every position needed aside from linebacker. With there still being time before the start of the season, the Panthers have plenty of time to fulfill that position. The secondary and the defensive line was the main focus, adding both starters, along with depth for the team. Overall, the draft was a success.
Overall Grade: A-
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