The NFL Draft on ESPN and WSOC-TV had to be one of the most boring sports shows ever! What stimulant those fans who kept cheering were using we can't be sure, but for most fans in this area, there were only two things they really wanted to know--who did the Panthers choose and what about the Surratt brothers?
So who did the Panthers choose? Straight from the Panthers' website, here they are:
CB Jaycee Horn - 1st Round, 8th overall, South Carolina
WR Terrace Marshall Jr. - 2nd Round, 59th overall, LSU
T Brady Christensen - 3rd Round, 70th overall, BYU
TE Tommy Tremble - 3rd Round, 83rd overall, Notre Dame
RB Chuba Hubbard - 4th Round, 126th overall, Oklahoma State
DT Daviyon Nixon - 5th Round, 158th overall, Iowa
CB Keith Taylor - 5th Round, 166th overall, Washington
G Deonte Brown - 6th Round, 193rd overall, Alabama
WR Shi Smith - 6th Round, 204th overall, South Carolina
LS Thomas Fletcher - 6th Round, 222nd overall, Alabama
DT Phil Hoskins - 7th Round, 232nd overall, Kentucky
Over the years, the Panthers, unlike the Charlotte basketball teams, have done quite well at draft time. Their only #1 overall selection in franchise history wore jersey number 1. During his years with the Panthers, Cam Newton, the top pick in the 2011 draft, was first the Offensive Rookie of the Year and in 2015 the NFL Most Valuable Player.
Carolina also held the #1 overall pick in its inaugural draft in 1995 but traded down to #5 and took Kerry Collins from Penn State. He helped them to a playoff appearance, so their first draft pick ever was a good one.
The Panthers have used first-round picks on running backs four times in franchise history: Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams, Christian McCaffrey, DeShaun Foster. Williams and Stewart became the first running back duo in NFL history both to rush for over 1100 yards in a season. McCaffrey has become a star as both a running back and receiver.
Steve Smith ranks eighth in NFL history in career receiving yards; he was a third round pick by the Panthers. y Muhsin Muhammad ranks 31st. That's a pretty good return on investment for a third-round pick and a second-round one.
While the teams on either side of the Panthers atop the 2002 draft took quarterback, at No. 2, Carolina drafted a man who would terrorize quarterbacks for years – and years – to come. Julius Peppers
The Panthers have used more first-round draft picks (five) on linebackers than any other position. One of those was Luke Kuechly; another was Julius Peppers. Peppers was the #2 pick in the 2002 draft. The #1 pick that year was David Carr, picked by the Houston Texans. He later played a couple of years for the Panthers.
As for the Lincoln County duo, the Surratt brothers, Chazz, who began as a quarterback and then became an All-ACC linebacker at UNC, was drafted; Sage was not.
Sage, who had over 1,000 yards receiving as a sophomore at Wake Forest in 2019 before being sidelined with an injury, opted out of the 2020 season. He didn't get picked during the draft, but the Detroit Lions will give him a chance as an undrafted free agent. Chazz was a third-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings.