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Marino | Carolina Panthers draft class reaction

APR 27 2017 NFL Draft
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Marino | Carolina Panthers draft class reaction

Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Carolina Panthers.

The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:

Selection Position Player School
8 RB Christian McCaffrey Stanford
40 RB Curtis Samuel Ohio State
64 OT Taylor Moton Western Michigan
77 EDGE Daeshon Hall Texas A&M
152 CB Corn Elder Miami
192 EDGE Alex Armah West Georgia
233 K Harrison Butker Georgia Tech

 

Best Value:  CB Corn Elder, Miami

Corn Elder is a prototypical slot receiver who excels in covering short areas in man or zone coverage. He is adept at layering coverage with terrific route anticipation skills.

Despite a small frame, Elder is willing to play physical with anyone and is ultra competitive. While not overly quick or twitchy, Elder plays with sound technique and outstanding route anticipation skills.

Elder has a slight frame and lacks length, which naturally creates issues with physical receivers, tackling, and competing at the catch point.

Elder should be an immediate impact special teamer and eventual slot starter. I valued Elder in the 4th round as my 123rd overall player which is good value in 5th round at pick 152.

Worst Value:  DE Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M

Daeshon Hall is a toolsy player with excellent length that he uses to his advantage to keep separation from blockers and counter. While he is flashy against the run, he must develop consistency to sink his hips and hold the edge. Hall has a propensity to guess run/pass pre-snap and frequently works himself out of position.

A tremendous hustle player, Hall’s motor always runs hot and he relentlessly pursues the football; a high percentage of the plays he makes are a result of his effort.

As a pass rusher, Hall uses his length effectively and presses good angles, but everything needs to happen quicker. His pass rush plan is calculated and elongated. Hall does well to reduce his surface area and attack gaps.

Early in his career, Hall is more of a depth player, but if it all comes together, he has the upside to be a valuable contributor in a rotation. His skill set is too unrefined for me to be comfortable selecting in the early 3rd round and Hall is a player I personally valued in the later fourth.

Could Surprise: OT Taylor Moton, Western Michigan

A stellar, durable career followed by a standout performance at the Reese’s Senior Bowl has Moton looking like a potential steal in this class. He has excitable power and the ability to create movement in the run game.

While he has some technique issues to improve upon as a pass blocker, he has adequate foot speed and length to work with, and has performed well. He will need development to handle NFL speed rushers. He has a surprising amount of mobility given his size and can function in space.

Moton projects as an eventual starting right tackle with the experience and versatility to play guard if needed.

Moton was my 4th ranked offensive tackle and 56th best player in the class. He has plug and play upside at right tackle which is something Carolina needs.

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Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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