Carolina Panthers 2009 Draft Preview


Published: April 12, 2009


... class="MsoNormal">The Carolina Panthers improved dramatically in the 2008 season with a 12-4 record, five more wins than the 2007 campaign. Carolina won the NFC South and tied for the second best record in the NFL, but their momentum was halted by a terrible playoff performance against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Panthers took a chance in the 2008 draft, trading their first round pick in 2009 to get two picks in 2008.

Clearly, it was a smart gamble, as by grabbing RT Jeff Otah and RB Jonathon Stewart, the Panthers ran roughshod against opposing defenses last year.

Carolina used the two headed back philosophy ingeniously ranking third in the league in rushing offense by almost having two 1,000 yard rushers (DeAngelo Williams 1,515 yards; Stewart 836 yards).

The tandem also accounted for 28 of the teams touchdowns last year. With the running game hitting on all cylinders the Panthers had to make defenses respect their passin...

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