The Panthers made a bold move to trade up for a local hero during the 2011 NFL Draft, and it’s now officially the rare deal that worked out for neither team.
The Panthers gave a 2011 second-round pick (which ended up being 33rd overall) to New England take him in the third round of the 2010 Draft. The Patriots drafted oft-injured cornerback Ras-I Dowling, and released him earlier this year.
The plan was to convert the former quarterback at Appalachian State (where he beat Michigan and won a pair of national titles) to a receiver/return man, but he caught five passes for 121 yards.
None of those passes were this year, after coach Ron Rivera declared him the MVP of Panthers training camp.