Panthers Draft: Final grade for Carolina’s class of 2020
Panthers Draft: The verdict
The Carolina Panthers draft might go down in history. But whether it has boosted the long-term aspirations of the franchise remains to be seen.
They would have been prudent to select an offensive guard following the trade of Pro Bowler Trai Turner. Another area of need was tight end to provide competition for Ian Thomas following the free-agent departure of Greg Olsen.
That being said, there is plenty to like about the way Panthers draft went. One could that argue that in Derrick Brown and Yetur Gross-Matos they have two prospects with a Pro Bowl ceiling in an area of the field that played a leading role in the eventual 5-11 record in 2019.
The Panthers draft also saw them potentially get two starters on opening day in Jeremy Chinn and Troy Pride Jr. in the secondary. The NFC South is going to an unforgiving environment in 2020, so it is set to be a real baptism of fire for the duo that could further enhance their chances of making a go of things in the pros.
Another that has the potential to make an instant impression is Kenny Robinson, who has professional experience and knows how to conduct himself in this type of environment. Bravvion Roy fixes to be a rotational player during his early time with the franchise. But there is nothing to suggest he cannot go on to become a starter alongside Derrick Brown when the Panthers and Kawann Short eventually go their separate ways.
Stantley Thomas-Oliver III is a ‘wait and see’ player, which is expected from a seventh-round pick. This Panthers draft is one that is littered with promise and something the organization’s decision-makers deserve a tremendous amount of credit for.
Panthers draft grade: A-