Another loss improves odds for a Carolina Panthers top-10 draft pick in 2020.
The Carolina Panthers have not had many opportunities for a top-10 draft pick in franchise history. While this is a good thing, indicating their prior season’s record didn’t fall among the worst in the league, when faced with a resulting selection – the odds have been in their favor.
Seven Panthers have been chosen within the first 10 players over the years, most recently in 2017 when running back Christian McCaffrey was taken. Still early in his career, the impact he’s had on the offense is evident as he continues breaking records and building an impressive resume out of the Carolina backfield.
Other top picks include: Kerry Collins (No. 5 – 1995), Tim Biakabutuka (No. 8 – 1996), Julius Peppers (No. 2 – 2002), Jordan Gross (No. 8 – 2003), Cam Newton (No. 1 – 2011) and Luke Kuechly (No. 9 – 2012). An impressive list of players who all had or are still currently making significant contributions to the team.
Sunday’s loss, the Panthers sixth in a row, leaves them with a guaranteed losing record for the second straight year and currently in position for the tenth overall pick. At 5-9, Carolina has games remaining against the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints. Both tough opponents for a struggling Panthers team behind an interim coach.
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Currently, the Jets, Jaguars, Chargers, Broncos and Falcons all posses identical records (5-9) with everyone except Denver and Atlanta ranking ahead of Carolina. Depending on these final two weeks, the Panthers could move up a few positions or in the unlikely event of a few wins, fall back to the middle of the pack.
Given the remaining schedule, seeing Carolina end up somewhere between pick No. 6 and their current positioning is more likely. If so, there are multiple areas of the roster general manager Marty Hurney could target with such a selection, including offensive line, defensive line or even quarterback.
View the full up-to-date 2020 NFL Draft positioning here.