Carolina Panthers make history at 2020 NFL Draft
The Carolina Panthers had seven picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. And with all seven of those picks, they drafted defensive players.
According to Luis Tirado Jr. of Cat Crave, that was the first time in history any NFL team used all seven picks on defensive players.
— Luis Tirado Jr. (@LTJ81) April 25, 2020
Carolina definitely needed help on defense, and they obviously addressed it. The Panthers used their first pick (seventh overall) on defensive tackle Derrick Brown. Brown was a collegiate star and a great pick in that slot.
Meanwhile, defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos was a steal for them with the 37th overall pick. Then they had one more second round pick, with safety Jeremy Chinn going at No. 64.
They had another steal in the fourth round, as they got Troy Pride Jr. with selection 113.
The fifth round saw the Panthers get safety Kenny Robinson at 152nd overall. Then, in the sixth round, they picked up defensive tackle Bravvion Roy at 184th overall.
Finally, Carolina drafted cornerback Stantley Thomas-Oliver III with their seventh round pick (221st overall).
So that’s two defensive tackles and one defensive end, making for three defensive linemen in total. Then there’s two safeties and two cornerbacks, giving Carolina four new players in the secondary.
There’s some variety there. But it’s a little weird; notice they took no linebackers. With all seven picks being on the defensive side of the ball, it’s surprising they completely avoided adding to that unit.
Carolina definitely had a plan this draft. They wanted to improve on the defensive side of the ball, and they absolutely nailed it from that respect.
It’s a year away now, but let’s go out on a limb and guess they’ll be taking at least one offensive player in 2021’s draft. Or maybe the Panthers will make history yet again.