The Panthers' 2011 draft was a hit, and it clearly paid dividends this season.
Quarterback Cam Newton is on pace to win the league's Offensive Rookie of the Year award, and third-round picks Sione Fua and Terrell McClain were up and down as starters on the interior defensive line.
What completes that draft class and the Panthers' better draft classes from the past is the work done in the later rounds. Fourth-round pick Brandon Hogan played very well when he came back from injury, and fifth-round receiver Kealoha Pilares has established himself as a solid kick returner.
Carolina will have to draft well again this season if they plan to maintain their upward trend.
Read on for a seven-round Panthers mock draft.