6 worst Carolina Panthers NFL Draft picks over the last decade

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Amini Silatolu – OL

  • 2nd round (2012) – No. 40 overall

If the Carolina Panthers struck gold with Luke Kuechly in the first round back in 2012, then the same cannot really be said for Amini Silatolu. The offensive lineman did spend six seasons with the franchise – starting 31 games – but his production was poor overall and it didn’t take long to figure out that he was not what the team was expecting from a prospect taken at No. 40.

Silatolu was released in 2018 and hasn’t been able to find a new team since. This is probably a damning indictment of what other organizations thought of his time in Carolina and considering the players that were taken shortly after him in the draft, this was a major swing and a miss by the Panthers.

Daeshon Hall – DE

  • 3rd round (2017) – No. 77 overall

There appears no doubt that the Panthers began the 2017 NFL Draft with three incredible selections. Bringing Christian McCaffrey, Taylor Moton and Curtis Samuel in quick succession was a stroke of genius even though the wide receiver left for the Washington Football Team in free agency. But their luck ran out in no uncertain terms with their decision to take pass-rusher Daeshon Hall out of Texas A&M.

The defensive end came into the league with some eye-catching physical attributes. But he was simply unable to successfully transition to the next level and was released by Carolina after just one appearance.

Hall did find alternative employment with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he was moved on following the 2019 campaign and has been out of the NFL ever since.