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Carolina Panthers draft review

Carolina Panthers draft review

1 (16). Brian Burns, OLB: 6-5, 249, Florida St.

2 (37). Greg Little, OT: 6-5, 310, Ole Miss

3 (100). Will Grier, QB: 6-3, 217, West Virginia

4 (115). Christian Miller, OLB: 6-3, 247, Alabama

5 (154). Jordan Scarlett, RB: 5-11, 208, Florida

6 (212). Dennis Daley, OT: 6-5, 317, South Carolina

7 (237). Terry Godwin, WR: 5-11, 184, Georgia

Grade: B-

Carolina is trending toward more 3-4 looks on defense, as Burns and Miller are lighter types who mostly used two-point stances in college. The Panthers couldn’t pass on Burns for a top offensive tackle at No. 16, so they traded up to secure Little in Round 2. Grier at No. 100 was a worthwhile flier given Cam Newton’s shoulder issues, and Carolina added some playmakers late.

Best pick: Burns must keep his added weight on and maintain his explosiveness, and he might be limited to passing downs early on. However, he has a premium skill — pass rush — that the Panthers need with Julius Peppers gone. It’s not all about his physical ability; he has a nice array of moves, including a nasty spin.

Upside pick: Little didn’t live up to his recruiting status at Ole Miss, but he had stretches of brilliance when using proper footwork and technique. With Daryl Williams around for at least one more year, he has time to develop.

–Field Level Media

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