Carolina Panthers' worst drafts

April 17, 2013 

THE FIVE WORST

1. 1998 – Notable players: DE Jason Peter, DE Chuck Wiley, DT Mitch Marrow, WR Donald Hayes. Peter was an undersized first-round bust at defensive end at No.14 overall – the same first-round pick that the Panthers hold for 2013. Wiley, a defensive end, once managed to start an entire season at Carolina without recording a single sack, which is difficult to do.

2. 1997 – Notable players: WR Rae Carruth, S Mike Minter, TE Kris Mangum. Carruth was convicted in 2001 of conspiring to murder Cherica Adams, who was pregnant with his unborn son. He is still in jail, serving a sentence of nearly 19 years.

3. 2009 – Notable players: DE Everette Brown, S Sherrod Martin, DT Corvey Irvin, CB Captain Munnerlyn. Brown (2nd) and Irvin (3rd) were major busts. Martin and Munnerlyn have been decent defensive backfield starters.

4. 2000 – Notable players: DB Rashard Anderson, S Deon Grant, OL Leander Jordan and DL Alvin McKinley. You probably don’t remember any of these guys but Grant, who was a good player at No.57 overall.

5. 2005 – Notable players: LB Thomas Davis, RB Eric Shelton, OG Evan Mathis, OL Geoff Hangartner. Davis was a gem and Hangartner is solid, but the Panthers got hardly anything else out of a draft in which they had four picks in the first 89 selections.

-- The Charlotte Observer

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