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Carolina Panthers Land No. 8 Pick in 2017 NFL Draft

The Carolina Panthers felt they had a good shot to get back and win the Super Bowl this season. Instead, their swift fall from the top of the NFC has earned them their fourth-highest draft slot in team history.

The Panthers’ 6-10 record locks them in at No. 8 in April’s draft, their highest pick since they took linebacker Luke Kuechly 9th overall in 2012.

If the Panthers had won their season finale in Tampa Bay, they likely would have landed at No. 10.

It’s the third time the Panthers have had the 8th pick. In 1996, they drafted Michigan RB Tim Biakabutuka, and seven years later, they grabbed OT Jordan Gross out of Utah. The only higher picks in Panthers’ history were QB Cam Newton (No. 1, 2011), QB Kerry Collins (No. 5, 1995) and DE Julius Peppers (No. 2, 2002).

Here’s a look at the last five No. 8 picks:


  • 2016 — Titans, OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State)
  • 2015 — Falcons, DE/OLB Vic Beasley (Clemson)
  • 2014 — Browns, CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
  • 2013 — Rams, WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia)
  • 2012 — Dolphins, QB Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M)


And here’s 2017’s top 10:


1) Cleveland (1-15)

2) San Francisco (2-14)

3) Chicago (3-13)

4) Jacksonville (3-13)

5) Tennessee (4-12) (from LA)

6) NY Jets (5-11)

7) San Diego (5-11)

8) Carolina (6-10)

9) Cincinnati (6-9-1)

10) Buffalo (7-9)

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