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2017 Draft Review: Grades


The day that report cards come out came be a stressful one, but that shouldn't be the case in this case.

Draft grades doled out immediately after the draft make for a fun read, but they shouldn't be taken too seriously. By and large they offer subjective views on whether the players picked represent value while also weighing whether the team addressed perceived position needs.

The real picture of how the 2017 draft went will emerge in time as the members of the class begin to make their mark on the field. For now, though, here are some early marks to consider.

Chad Reuter, A-

Reuter calls Christian McCaffrey, the Panthers' first-round pick, "a great football player," and labeled third-rounder Taylor Moton as one of the better right tackles in the class. He thinks defensive end Daeshon Hall fits Carolina well but that the Panthers might not have had to trade a pick away to move up. On the other hand, he called fifth-round cornerback Corn Elder "an absolute steal."

Nate Davis, USA Today: A-

Davis likes the ammunition/shield combo the Panthers offered up to quarterback Cam Newton and Co. with their first three picks. He said McCaffrey and second-round pick Curtis Samuel could "present quite a nightmare if paired togeteher." Davis also liked the injection of youth into the defensive end rotation. Chris Burke, B+

Burke is excited about McCaffrey's versatility and he called Samuel a "video-game weapon" but wondered if Carolina could have gone defense in the second round instead of doubling down on offense. He's high on Moton, saying that he could start right away. Pete Prisco, B-

Prisco is outspoken in his disdain of taking running backs in the top 10 but still acknowledges that McCaffrey "will help in a lot of ways." He sees Hall and Elder developing into quality defenders.

Mel Kiper, C+

Kiper also isn't a fan of taking running backs early but is a fan of McCaffrey, who is "not just a running back." He likes Samuel's game as well but doesn't necessarily like Carolina taking both, and he likes Moton but sees him as a guard and think the Panthers picked Hall too early.

Dan Kadar, SB Nation: C+

Kadar thinks McCaffrey/Samuel duo will make the offense "a lot more dynamic and fun to watch" but called the selection of both "somewhat redundant." He likes Moton and Hall but wondered if Carolina should have drafted a defensive end before taking an offensive tackle.

View photos of wide receiver Curtis Samuel, offensive tackle Taylor Moton and defensive end Daeshon Hall at Bank of America Stadium.

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