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What They're Saying: Panthers' First Round Grades

The Pantehrs may have added to their history of first-round draft success. NFL Draft analysts weigh in after Carolina selects Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler with the 30th overall pick. Doug Farrar writes that "Butler may have received small-school dings from some, but his tape screams NFL starter." Butler also draws praise for his ability to command double teams on nearly every play. GRADE: A

Yahoo! Sports: Eric Edholm notes that the selection of Butler is a true reflection of general manager Dave Gettleman's approach to the draft. GRADE: B-

Walter Football: Butler may not fit an obvious need now, but he "could've easily been chosen a dozen picks" prior to Carolina selecting him at 30. GRADE: A Media draft analyst Chad Rueter likes Butler's potential but wonders if Carolina should have grabbed a position of bigger need. GRADE: C

SB Nation: Dan Kadar praises Butler's ability to stop the run and notes his pass rush potential. GRADE: B

Bleacher Report: Mike Tanier thinks highly of Butler but penalizes Carolina for not focusing on a position of need in the first round. GRADE: C-

**USA Today:** Steven Ruiz also notes that while defensive tackle was not an immediate need, it could pay off in the future. GRADE: B

Pro Football Focus: Steve Palazzolo writes that Butler has the ability to play multiple positions for Carolina, but his best fit is at nose tackle in nickel situations. GRADE: B


View photos of the Panthers' first-round pick as he tours Bank of America Stadium.


Butler may have received small-school dings from some, but his tape screams NFL starter

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