Re-grading Panthers 2017 NFL Draft class after four years

(Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports) Christian McCaffrey
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Alex Armah – Carolina Panthers FB (No. 192)

  • Draft grade – C-

The Carolina Panthers have gotten some adequate protection from Alex Armah, their sixth-round pick in 2017. His limitations with the ball in his hands are there for all to see. But even though full-back is a dying breed in today’s NFL, there might be a role for him moving forward as the offense continues to leave heavily on their star running back Christian McCaffrey.

Armah is a big body who is a battering ram when firing on all cylinders. He fits in well within the locker room and although he’s set to hit the free-agent market this spring, Carolina could probably get a good deal in the short-term if they want to keep the player around.

Corn Elder – Carolina Panthers CB (No. 152)

  • Draft grade – C+

It’s been a rocky ride for Corn Elder during his time in the NFL. But some increased responsibility in 2020 brought out the best in the cornerback and some assured displays in the process.

Operating primarily out of the slot, Elder more than held his own against some big challenges throughout the campaign after working hard to win his spot on the 53-man roster during training camp. He gave up 27 receptions from 40 targets on his way to a creditable 68.5 grade from Pro Football Focus, which was undoubtedly the best run of games the player has put together since entering the league.

Elder is out of contract this offseason and the former Miami standout has put himself in a strong position for a new deal. But whether that is in Carolina or elsewhere remains to be seen.