Carolina Panthers: 2008 NFL Draft do-over (7 rounds)
Carolina Panthers 2008 Draft: Danny Amendola over Geoff Schwartz (No. 241)
Geoff Schwartz turned into a solid player for being a seventh-round pick. He wasn’t a bust, but he didn’t manage to play for the Carolina Panthers for a consistent period of time.
He wasn’t one of the top linemen in the NFL. But he was good enough to be a starter in the league. Schwartz played a total of six years for four different teams before he eventually became an afterthought.
A player who wound up going undrafted would have been a much better pick. Danny Amendola took a while to find his way in the league. But he established himself eventually and made the most out of his skills despite his diminutive size.
He spent his first few seasons with the St. Louis Rams where the player had a season over 600 receiving yards. When he got to the New England Patriots, Amendola really made his name known in the NFL.
In Amendola’s five-year spell with the Patriots, he recorded 230 receptions, 2,383 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns. He was a big part of New England’s success and won two Super Bowls in his time with the franchise.
If the Panthers would have taken him, they could have had a wide receiver trio of Steve Smith, Pierre Garcon, and Amendola in this situation. That would have been great for Jake Delhomme to work with at the time.