Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
Pick: OLB Brian Burns, FSU
Analysis: The Panthers brought Burns in to provide some pressure off the edge. He did just that with 7.5 sacks as a rook.
Pick: OT Greg Little, Ole Miss
Analysis: Little did little his rookie year. He was active for 4 games and started 3.
Pick: QB Will Grier, West Virginia
Analysis: Grier started 2 games as a rookie and it might have been better if he didn’t. He threw for 228 yards 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He by no means will keep the Panthers from looking for a new QB in this upcoming Draft.
Pick: LB Christian Miller, Alabama
Analysis: Miller had just 3 tackles but 2 sacks on the season. So there was some good with some bad.
Pick: RB Jordan Scarlett, Florida
Analysis: Scarlett was active for 9 games but averaged just a yard a game.
Analysis: Round 6
Pick: OT Dennis Daley, South Carolina
Analysis: Daley proved to be a huge steal as he started 9 games his rookie season.
Pick: WR Terry Godwin, Georgia
Analysis: Godwin was cut and is looking for a team.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 10/15
The Panthers 2019 NFL Draft class was a mixed bag in its first season on the field. They got 7.5 sacks out of their first-round pick and that was what they were hoping for. He only had 25 tackles total on the year but wasn’t used on a full-time basis. He should be a perennial double-digit sack guy moving forward. Their second and third-round picks were both disappointing. Greg Little only started three games on the season as he couldn’t stay healthy. Quarterback Will Grier was chosen in the third round and he got two starts. Those were both disastrous and he doesn’t look to be the Panthers answer at quarterback if they move on from Cam Newton this offseason. They got two sacks from their 4th round choice Christian Miller. He only had one other tackle besides that though, so his production is a little puzzling. What saved this class from being a total disaster production-wise was sixth-round offensive tackle, Dennis Daley. Daley started 9 games as a rookie and played well. He was a huge steal for the Panthers and should be in line to start again in 2020.
This grade should go up over time. If Greg Little can get healthy and take over the right tackle job and Daley keeps the left tackle spot, that’ll help. If Brian Burns develops further and continues to pressure quarterbacks and rack up the sacks that will also be a plus. Still, it’s hard ever seeing this group get above that “C” grade level unless something crazy happens like Will Grier figuring out the NFL game and becoming a legitimate NFL starter.