5 former Carolina Panthers draft picks who could be done in the NFL

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Devin Funchess – Former Carolina Panthers WR

The Carolina Panthers expected Devin Funchess to come in and become the team’s No. 1 receiving option after taking him in the second round back in 2015. His production never quite reached these heights over his four seasons with the team and it was the right call to explore different options once his rookie contract came to a conclusion.

Funchess had all the physical attributes in the world to become a star. But his time with the Panthers was seen as an underachievement thanks to individual mistakes and failing to become a dependable weapon in key moments.

The former Michigan star was not out of work for long and signed a one-deal with the Indianapolis Colts worth $13 million. However, a serious injury restricted the player to just one game and Funchess was moved on the following year.

Another opportunity arose for Funchess with the Green Bay Packers in 2020. One that was cut short by the player after he decided to opt-out of the campaign due to COVID-19 health concerns.

Funchess was well within his right to do this given the uncertainty at the time. But he was unable to make waves upon returning to Green Bay and was cut before the season.

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The last time anyone saw Funchess was on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad in 2021. He is still looking for a new home but might be out of luck when one considers the exceptional amount of receiving talent that entered the league from the college ranks this spring.