4 best moments of 2020 for the Carolina Panthers

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Drafting Derrick Brown and Jeremy Chinn

For all departed general manager Marty Hurney’s faults – and there were many – he left the Carolina Panthers on a high note after an extremely strong 2020 NFL Draft. This included picking the duo of Derrick Brown and Jeremy Chinn, who look set to be cornerstones of future success in the coming years.

There was an obvious temptation for the Panthers to take Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons after he fell out of the top-five, but they stuck to their guns to pick Brown following his exceptional college career at Auburn. This was the right decision in no uncertain terms and the level of production he’s shown as the season’s gone on has been immensely encouraging.

Carolina’s move back into the second round to select Chinn at No. 64 overall was an inspired one. The do-it-all defender has been nothing short of a revelation for the Panthers from the moment he stepped onto the field and the sky is the limit for the former Southern Illinois standout if he continues to develop his craft this offseason.

This year’s draft overall was a positive one for the Panthers. The likes of Yetur Gross-Matos, Bravvion Roy, and Stantley Thomas-Oliver have all shown promise throughout the campaign, with fourth-rounder Troy Pride Jr. also heavily involved with less success.

However, in Brown and Chinn, the Panthers boasts two players of enormous potential who will be in Pro Bowl consideration next time around with more responsibility on their shoulders.