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

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Jonathan Stewart
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Jonathan Stewart /
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Jamaal Charles, Carolina Panthers
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Jamaal Charles /

Scouting Report. TEXAS. JAMAALCHARLES. Pick Analysis. RB. 67. player. 87

Carolina Panthers 2008 Draft: Jamaal Charles over Charles Godfrey (No. 67)

Charles Godfrey was a solid pick for the Carolina Panthers. He spent seven years with the organization and was a great starting safety during his time on the team.

Godfrey’s best season was in 2010 where he had five interceptions and 85 combined tackles. He never made a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team. But he was a very solid player that was never found wanting in terms of commitment.

Despite his impressive contribution, the Panthers had an electrifying player waiting for them at No. 67 But opted to go in a different direction.

To make up for not taking Jonathan Stewart in this 2008 draft do-over, the Panthers select Jamaal Charles. In his prime, the player was arguably the best back in the NFL. He made four Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro in 2010 and 2013.

Charles’ best season came in 2013 where he ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also caught 70 passes for 693 yards and seven touchdowns to become the face of the Kansas City Chiefs and one of the league’s brightest stars.

A serious injury hampered his development considerably during the back end of his career. But that should not detract from what an exceptional impression he made overall.

If the Panthers would have taken Charles. His partnership with DeAngelo Williams had the potential to be an immensely elusive tandem.