They may not have the storied histories of teams that have been in the NFL for decades, but there have been some very good and some very bad choices the Carolina Panthers have made in the NFL Draft.
Cam Newton, Kerry Collins and Jordan Gross have all thrived in the Black and Blue of Carolina.
Others haven’t been so lucky. Like every other team, there have been a few moves this team wants to forget, especially when it comes to missing on key players the organization.
The Panthers prided themselves early on in the team’s birth of finding key free agents to make early playoff runs and use the Draft to build on the team’s future. Now, in recent seasons, Newton, Luke Kuechly and Star Lotulelei have become the building blocks of this organization’s future.
Here is a look at the team’s worst draft picks of all time. All information about each player is courtesy of NFL.com.
It's a sad state when a franchise's first draft pick in its history also qualifies as one of its worst, but that's what happened when the Panthers took the disappointing Kerry Collins in 1995. Collins' brief stint with the Panthers began with promise as he led Carolina to a trip to the NFC Championship Game in his first full season as a starter. Alas, it was all downhill from there.
Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabutuka
It took the Panthers some time to master the whole art of picking a good player in the first round thing. Biakabutuka electrified Big Ten fans during his final season at Michigan, but never was able to capture the same spark in Carolina. In fairness to Biakabutuka, knee injuries were a big reason why his career never took off.
A torn ACL ended "Touchdown Tim's" rookie season after just four games, and Biakabutuka battled injuries for the rest of his short career. Biakabutuka never played more than 12 games in a season, and he finished his career with 14 touchdowns and 2,530 rushing yards. The team could have drafted Eddie George instead.
Is it unfair to include a third-round pick on this list? Probably, but it's my list, and any Panthers fan will tell you that Armanti Edwards is Public Enemy No. 1 in Carolina. Call it a classic story of Local Boy Does Bad. Edwards was an intriguing prospect out of Appalachian State.
He was a cult hero after the Mountaineers famously upset Michigan at The Big House, and he was the quintessential winner (App. State won back-to-back FCS championships with Edwards under center.) But Edwards hasn't adjusted to life as an NFL wide receiver/return man. Edwards hasn't sniffed the end zone on a single return, and his lone career highlight is an 82-yard catch this season.
The Panthers' early struggles in the first round continued with Peter in 1998 -- really they also tragically misfired in 1997 when they selected wide receiver Rae Carruth. Peter was out of the NFL after just four seasons and 7.5 sacks. The defensive lineman out of Nebraska was an utterly forgettable player. Try to think of one moment he had in the NFL. You can't. He didn't have one. Moving on.
What is it with USC receivers and quarterbacks being bad NFL players? Jarrett might be the poster boy for Trojan bust. He left Southern California as the school's all-time leader in career receptions (216) and the Pac-10 leader in career touchdowns (41).
If only the likes of Oregon State and Washington played in the NFL, then maybe Jarrett would have lived up to his hype. Jarrett never became the No. 2 receiver the Panthers hoped to pair with Steve Smith, starting just three games in four seasons and never latching on with another team. Fun fact: Jarrett has more DUI arrests (two) than career touchdowns (one).