Carolina Panthers: 5 biggest NFL Draft mistakes in history

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Jason Peter, Carolina Panthers
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2. Jason Peter over Randy Moss

The Carolina Panthers used their 14th overall pick in 1998 on Jason Peter, a defensive end from Nebraska. He was a good prospect that the organization thought could upgrade their pass rush.

Peter would only start for two seasons and he was out of the league by 2001. This represented a significant disappointment from the franchise. And this had the potential to set them back considerably.

Seven picks after the Panthers took Peter, the Minnesota Vikings took a wide receiver out of Marshall by the name of Randy Moss. He had his character flaws coming out of college. But his ceiling was exceptionally high if he made a good transition to the pros.

Moss became one of the best receivers the NFL has ever seen. He has the fourth-most yards of all time, the second-most touchdowns, and was almost unguardable without a double team.

Three years later the Panthers took Steve Smith in the third round. Imagine a receiver duo of Smith and Moss in Carolina. It would have been simply unstoppable.

The Panthers missed out on an all-time great who could’ve helped them reach multiple Super Bowls instead of just the one in 2003. Moss was a huge miss for the Panthers, but there is one more that ranks ahead of him when it comes to Carolina’s biggest ever draft errors.