Panthers currently have six picks in 2019 NFL Draft
NFL Draft season is coming: That wonderful time of the year where dreams are realized, the fortunes of a franchise are turned for better or worse, and general managers truly earn their keep. For the Carolina Panthers, a 2018 season that ended in the bitter disappointment of a 7-9 record has resulted in them looking towards the Draft about a month earlier than they would have liked. But with the reality of their season being over and their need to get younger at hand, the Panthers now have their starting point for when the Draft begins in Nashville, Tennessee.
As it stands, the Panthers have a total of six picks in the 2019 Draft, all of which come in the middle of the first six rounds: The Panthers will have the No. 16-overall pick in the first round, followed by the No. 15 pick in the second round. They will then have the No. 14 pick in the third round, the No. 13 pick in the fourth round, the No. 16 pick in the fifth round, and the No. 15 pick in the sixth round.
The Panthers were originally slated to have seven picks in the 2019 Draft, but sent that pick to the Buffalo Bills when they traded for cornerback Kevon Seymour prior to the 2017 season. With that said, they may very well still have seven – According to Over The Cap, the Panthers are expected to receive a compensatory pick in the third round, having lost All-Pro left guard Andrew Norwell to free agency in 2018.
As it stands, the Panthers’ six picks are the fewest they have had since 2015 and 2016, when they only had a total of five picks. The last time the Panthers had six picks in a draft was 2014 – A draft they would like to forget. Outside of third-round guard Trai Turner, none of the Panthers’ picks in the 2014 draft (Kelvin Benjamin, Kony Ealy, Tre Boston, Bene Benwikere, Tyler Gaffney) ended up panning out for the team long-term.
The only time general manager Marty Hurney had six picks in a Draft was in 2004, when the Panthers were coming off of their first Super Bowl appearance. In that draft, Hurney had several hits: First-round cornerback Chris Gamble would play for the Panthers his entire career, and to this day holds the all-time team record for career interceptions (27). Third-round Offensive lineman Travelle Wharton would also play for the Panthers his entire career, and now works as the team’s assistant offensive line coach. In addition to Gamble and Wharton, the Panthers would also get a return on wide receiver Drew Carter, who played at his best during the Panthers’ run to the NFC Championship Game in 2005.
Last season, the Panthers selected a total of eight players in the Draft, seven of whom remain on the team.