There is no denying the optimism that is surrounding the Carolina Panthers as the regular season draws closer, and part of the reason for that optimism is due to the strong play of their rookies in the preseason.
In the NFL, teams that draft well tend to perform well on a consistent basis.
While the Panthers haven't always dominated on draft night, their performance in the last two installments have been nothing short of great.
Prior to the 2011 Draft, critics said that Cam Newton wasn't a good enough passer to succeed in the NFL. A little over a year later, those same pundits are praising Newton, who broke numerous rookie records during his rookie campaign.
It is difficult to one-up a draft in which a team finds their franchise quarterback, but GM Marty Hurney did his best to do just that.