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Looking back at even more draft history

So I was reading Max Henson’s post about the history of the 24th pick the other day and thought to myself, "That's nice, but what about the seven other spots the Panthers are sitting on heading into this draft?" 

Clearly, not all my thoughts are worth sharing with the rest of the class. But I went down the rabbit hole anyway.

In the second round, the Panthers have the 55th overall pick. Here's what that spot's produced the past three years: 

2017 - Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, Giants

2016 - Wide receiver Tyler Boyd, Bengals

2015 - Tight end Maxx Williams, Ravens

Not great. Tomlinson did start every game as a rookie, but Boyd and Williams have totaled just 1,182 yards and five touchdowns in five combined seasons.

There have been some gems at No. 55 over the past decade or so, though.

Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (2006/Bengals), running back Ray Rice (2008/Ravens) and linebacker Sean Lee (2010/Cowboys) all made multiple Pro Bowls. And if you REALLY know your history, you may know Hall of Famer guard Stan Jones went to Chicago with the 55th pick of the 1953 draft. Actually, if you know that, you may know a little too much about football. 

Anyway, as you'd expect, it's tougher to find success stories the later you look inside a draft. And because of potential trades, who knows if the Panthers will actually pick in each of these spots. But if and when they do, you can reference this recent – and some not so recent – history of their six other slots:

Third Round, 21st pick/85th overall

2017 - Offensive tackle Antonio Garcia, Patriots

2016 - Wide receiver Braxton Miller, Texans

2015 - Tight end Tyler Kroft, Bengals

Notables: Offensive tackle Brandon Mebane (2007/Seahawks), tight end Jordan Reed (2013/Redskins)

Third Round, 24th pick/88th overall

2017 - Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, Raiders

2016 - Linebacker Kyler Fackrell, Packers

2015 - Defensive end Danielle Hunter, Vikings

Notables: Wide receiver Bob Hayes (1964/Cowboys), linebacker Tom Jackson (1973/Broncos), Lardarius Webb (2009/Ravens), Nick Foles (2012/Eagles)


Fifth Round, 24th pick/161st overall

2017 - Linebacker Anthony Walker, Colts

2016 - Guard Christian Westerman, Bengals

2015 - Linebacker Neiron Ball, Raiders

Notables: Wide receiver Harold Carmichael (1971/Eagles), wide receiver Tavarres King (2013/Broncos)

Sixth Round, 23rd pick/197th overall

2017 - Cornerback Jeremy Clark, Jets

2016 - Fullback Danny Vitale, Buccaneers

2015 - Safety Derron Smith, Bengals

Notables: Quarterback Gus Frerotte (1994/Redskins), wide receiver Trindon Holliday (2010/Texans), wide receiver Cobi Hamilton (2013/Bengals)

Seventh Round, 16th pick/234th overall

2017 - Defensive end Ejuan Price, Rams

2016 - Guard Vadal Alexander, Raiders

2015 - Wide receiver Dezmin Lewis, Bills

Notable: Guard Will Montgomery (2006/Panthers), linebacker Andrew Gachkar (2011/Chargers)

Seventh Round, 24th pick/242nd overall

2017 - Running back Elijah Hood, Raiders

2016 - Running back Keith Marshall, Redskins

2015 - Cornerback Dexter McDonald, Raiders

Notable: Defensive end Brett Keisel (2002/Steelers), linebacker Malcolm Smith (2011/Seahawks)

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