It's time to grade the Panthers on their 2006 draft. For grading criteria, if the player made it to the Pro Bowl, he gets an A. If he has started at least 24 games (1.5 seasons), he gets a B. C's are still on the team. D's are still in the NFL. F's are no longer in the NFL. Plus and minuses are subjective.
Round One, Pick 27: Deangelo Williams, RB, Memphis
With 2,733 rushing yards, 23 rushing TDs, 609 yds receiving and four receiving TDs, he is a near lock to make the pro bowl in the future- As long as he stays healthy and gets his touches. (Gave a little extra bump here) Grade: A-
Round Two, Pick 58: Richard Marshall, CB, Fresno State
Played in all 48 possible games, starting 14 of them. In those games, he has seven interceptions and 246 tackles. It's quite possible that he starts this year for the Panthers, after being an integral part of their pass defense the last three years. I'm going to give him a little bump too, as he didn't meet the starting criteria: Grade B
Round Three, Pick 89: James Anderson, LB, Virginia Tech
Has played in 34 games, earning three starts. 41 tackles. Nothing special at this point, but a nice quality back up: Grade C.
Round Three, Pick 89: Rashad Butler, T, Miami (FL)
Butler is now a member of the Houston Texans. He has appeared in eight games for them with no starts. He will more than likely be a back-up his whole career. Grade: D
Round Four, Pick 121: Nate Salley, DB, Ohio State
He has played in 24 games for the Panthers, including all 16 last year. He has made 11 NFL tackles. Could possibly be the nickelback in 2009. Grade C+
Round Five, Pick 155: Jeff King, TE, Virginia Tech
Jeff has appeared in 41 games with 31 starts. More of a blocker than receiver, he has accumulated 68 receptions for 602 yards and 4 TDs. All but a one-yard TD catch the last two years. Grade: B+
Round Seven, pick 234: Will Montgomery, G, Virginia Tech
Round Seven pick 237: Stanley McClover, DE, Auburn
Stanely was on Houston's Roster last year. He has played in 14 games, accumulating eight tackles and a sack. Grade: D
Adding up all of the grade points, just like you would in college (grade times credits). And we'll pretend that the first round is a seven-credit class, the second round is six and so forth.The Panthers have 29 credits, with 80.7 grade points.
That gives a GPA of 2.78.
That's definitely passing. Maybe I should give them a little extra credit for Jeff King? But than again, if they would have hit those two third rounders, this would have been an AMAZING class.
I'm slowly working may way around the NFL, grading all of the teams draft. Stop by later to see how they all stacked up!