Carolina Panthers: 2010 NFL Draft do-over (6 rounds)

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Jimmy Clausen
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Jimmy Clausen /
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Sean Lee, Carolina Panthers
(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) Sean Lee /

Pick Analysis. LB. 48. player. Scouting Report. PENN STATE. SEANLEE. 87

Carolina Panthers 2010 Draft: Sean Lee over Jimmy Clausen (No. 48)

The Carolina Panthers used their first pick to take a quarterback to replace Jake Delhomme. They decided to select Jimmy Clausen and which at the time, was a very solid pick.

In his junior season at Notre Dame, the signal-caller threw for 3,722 yards, 28 touchdowns, and only four interceptions. Clausen was supposed to be the future for the Panthers but it didn’t happen that way.

Clausen started 10 games his rookie year and threw 1,558 yards, three touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He didn’t improve at all throughout his first season with the Panthers.

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The following season the organization was in position to draft Cam Newton at No. 1 overall. And they also picked up Derek Anderson during free agency.

This left Clausen demoted to third-string. He left the Panthers in 2013 and spent some time with the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens, but he hasn’t been on a roster since 2015.

A player taken in the same round as Clausen would have been a huge positional upgrade for the Panthers. The Dallas Cowboys selected Sean Lee with the 55th pick.

Lee has been a huge part of the Cowboys defense since his second year in the league. The imposing player recorded four interceptions, 107 tackles, and 10 tackles for loss during his sophomore campaign in the NFL.

He tore his ACL midseason in 2014 which hampered his progress. But Lee made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and was named first-team All-Pro the following year.

Lee would have been a huge pickup for the Panthers. He is a supreme leader on the field, which is still evident to this day.