Carolina Panthers: 2008 NFL Draft do-over (7 rounds)

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Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers
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87. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. COASTAL CAROLINA. MIKETOLBERT. FB. 250. player

Carolina Panthers 2008 Draft: Mike Tolbert over Mackenzy Bernadeau (No. 250)

Mackenzy Bernadeau was the third to last pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and actually turned out to be a pretty solid player. He played three years for the Carolina Panthers and was a starter 49 out of his 111 games with the team.

This was followed by a move to the Dallas Cowboys, where he started 29 of his 64 games and was part of one of the best offensive lines the NFL has seen over the last decade.

He was a good player but not the right pick for the Panthers. The right selection was a player who would wind up in Carolina eventually in the form of full-back Mike Tolbert.

The passionate player became an instant fan favorite and was a great player for the Panthers. The “Toldozer” went undrafted but signed with the San Diego Chargers where he established himself in the league.

He was a hybrid player that could also play running back when required. But Tolbert could also be a great full-back and this was an area where he particularly thrived during his period with the organization.

In Tolbert’s five years playing for the Panthers, he made three Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro in 2013 and 2015.

Tolbert eventually found his way to Carolina. But it would have been nice to have him there a few years earlier. He would have been a great lead blocker for Jamaal Charles in this draft do-over.

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