Carolina Panthers Fans Should Be Content with the Lack of a First-Round Pick


Published: April 12, 2009


... promising in the form of trade talks have been made for defensive end Julius Peppers, so as of right now Carolina might not be getting any picks from that source, either.

There is a bright side to this, however. The Panthers actually drafted their '09 first-rounder a year in advance. How? Quite simple: This year's first-rounder was last year's first-round pick.

Last year the Panthers took a chance by trading up for the Eagles' first-round pick in lieu of the Panthers mid second round pick, where Carolina drafted offensive tackle Jeff Otah.

Six slots prior to drafting Otah, Carolina had gotten quite lucky in snagging running back Jonathan Stewart, which effectively gave the Panthers' running game that solid one-two punch it needed on the ground.

The Panthers really lucked out with acquiring Otah. With him, the Panthers were able to effectively protect the quarterback and create gaps for the running game, at the same time putting a big physica...

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