7. Carolina Panthers – Original Pick: Derrick Brown
Derrick Brown filled a need on the defensive line for the Carolina Panthers during his rookie year. Prior to the draft, Brown was viewed as the most dominant DL in the class. In his final season at Auburn, Brown logged 54 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. More impressive than the stats was his film as he really disrupted opposing offenses on almost every play.
Though Brown finished with just two sacks in his rookie season with the Panthers, he also registered 17 quarterback pressures and 12 quarterback hits. Brown is a high-ceiling player if he can continue to improve. That being said, the Panthers would likely go another route at #7 if given the chance to do it over again.
New Pick: Jalen Hurts
As much as I love Teddy Bridgewater and root for his success, he is not the answer at QB for Carolina. Jalen Hurts on the other hand has the potential to be just that. Hurts showed a lot of promise in his short stint as the starter for the Eagles this past season.
Not only did Hurts look impressive but he did it while surrounded by a poor offensive line, a weak receiving core and a bad defense. Surrounded with the right talent, Hurts has the chance to become a very good quarterback.