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Roseboro, Moore & The Panthers' Picks--NFL Draft
Darian Roseboro(Photo Courtesy NC State Football)
Darian Roseboro

(Photo Courtesy NC State Football)

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

A couple of area players who completed their collegiate career in 2018 had hoped to hear their names called in the 2019 NFL Draft. They didn't. Instead Lincolnton’s Darian Roseboro who played alongside four eventual NFL defensive linemen at NC State signed a free agent agreement with the Baltimore Ravens.

The 2015 LHS grad played through ankle injuries his senior season of college ball, making 37 tackles. For his collegiate career, he had 113 tackles with 33 for losses and 14 quarterback sacks.

Jalin Moore, who graduated from Crest in 2014 before playing at Appalachian State, was also disappointed not to be drafted, but signed a free agent agreement with the New York Jets.

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Moore wasn't originally seen as a likely star with the Mountaineers, but improved markedly in his sophomore year (2016) when he rushed for over 1,400 yards. He topped 1,000 yards again his junior year, and was having a banner year in 2018 before suffering a dislocated ankle during an Oct. 9th win at Arkansas State. Through the first five games of last season, he had already rushed for six touchdowns and 400 yards, averaging over six yards per carry. He underwent surgery on October 12th and has spent his time since then rehabilitating and trying to impress pro teams that he has fully recovered.

The Carolina Panthers are hoping one or more of their 2019 draft picks will measure up to some of their best from years past. Their choices this year:

  • First round (No. 16 overall): Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
  • Second round, Pick 5 (No. 37 overall): Greg Little, T, Mississippi
  • Third round, Pick 36 (No. 100 overall): Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
  • Round 4, Pick 13 (No. 115 overall): Christian Miller, OLB, Alabama
  • Round 5, Pick 16 (No. 154 overall): Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida
  • Round 6, Pick 40 (No. 212 overall): Dennis Daley, OT, South Carolina
  • Round 7, Pick 23 (No. 237 overall): Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia

The Panthers finished the 2018 season at 7–9 after going 1–7 in the second half of their schedule--their only win a 33-14 victory in the final regular season game against New Orleans when the Saints already had their playoff position wrapped up and for both teams, the game was somewhat meaningless.

The 'Cats' third round choice of Will Grier, a Davidson native who played at Florida and then West Virginia, gives them a potentially strong backup quarterback. Grier passed for 3864 yards and 37 touchdowns for the Mountaineers last year, leading them to an 8-3 record. Cam Newton underwent shoulder surgery during the off-season and Carolina has given no timetable for when he will begin throwing again as the team starts preseason workouts.

Some so-called 'experts' questioned why the Panthers didn't try to get help in their defensive secondary. Instead, with Burns and Miller, they're hoping to improve their defensive rush.

In the first round last year Carolina chose wide receiver D.J. Moore from Maryland. He finished his rookie season with 55 receptions for 788 yards and two touchdowns.

The Panthers struck gold with their 2017 first round choice of Christian McCaffrey from Stanford. He was their best choice since the 2012 draft when they chose Luke Kuechly from Boston College. 2011 was, of course, the year Carolina picked Cam Newton from Auburn. Say what you will about his play the last couple of years; he won the MVP award in 2015 when he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and rush for 10 in the same season (35 passing, 10 rushing), and the only quarterback ever to have 300 yards passing, 5 touchdown passes, and over 100 yards rushing in the same game. He led Carolina to a 15-1 regular season record and an appearance in the Super Bowl.

In 2008, Carolina took Jonathan Stewart from Oregon in the 1st round. He had a pretty good career as a running back with the Panthers. The 2007 surprise was Ryan Kalil, chosen in the second round. Other Panthers' draft choices who played well for the team include Thomas Davis, a 2005 pick from Georgia, and Julius Peppers, a 2002 pick from UNC. Rae Carruth, chosen as a first round pick from Colorado in 1997, was a good player--but he spent more time in a prison uniform than a Panthers uniform.

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