Other than Newton, Panthers not getting much from 2011 draft

AP

Hoping to build the middle of their defense through the draft, the Panthers used a pair of third-round picks on defensive tackles last year.

They’ve already cut one (Terrell McClain, the 65th overall pick) and deactivated the other (Sione Fua, 97th overall) today for their game at Tampa Bay.

Instead, the Panthers are going with a pair of veteran free agents (Ron Edwards and Dwan Edwards) and a guy they claimed off Miami’s practice squad (Frank Kearse).

And Fua might end up released when suspended defensive tackle Andre Neblett returns after the first four games.

They did hit on quarterback Cam Newton, so it’s hard to throw rocks at last year’s entire draft class, but getting no contributions from a pair of thirds in a year when they didn’t have a second is tough. The only other member of the 2011 draft class on their active roster is fifth-round kick returner Kealoha Pilares.

Also inactive for the Panthers against the Bucs were: Running back Jonathan Stewart, quarterback Jimmy Clausen, safety D.J. Campbell, center Jeff Byers, tackle Bruce Campbell and defensive end Thomas Keiser.

3 responses to “Other than Newton, Panthers not getting much from 2011 draft

  1. What a disappointment both McClain and Fua have been. We desperately needed DTs last season and all these guys did was get hurt and sit on the sideline for most of the season.

    Glad we got it right with Cam though.

  2. Marty Hurney is not the best drafter outside the first round. It’s really been holding us down in the reserve department. Especially at WR he is absolutely awful.

  3. Is it Marty Hurney himself making these mistakes or is it a result of bad scouting by Don Gregory and the Staff? I think its a combination of the two, and it’s really disappointing that Jerry Richardson is so dead set in his ways. He said earlier this year that Hurney would be the GM as long as he is owner. I think that is ignorant and not the way you’re supposed to manage a business.

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