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Top 10 greatest Carolina Panthers draft picks: Part 1

Carolina Panthers fans everywhere are hoping that running back DeAngelo Williams gets more carries in 2013.

Carolina Panthers fans everywhere are hoping that running back DeAngelo Williams gets more carries in 2013.

Now that the 2013 NFL Draft is over and we are being subjected to the agony of NFL offseason, I think it’s a good time to take a walk back through history and look at the top ten greatest players the Carolina Panthers have drafted. Today we will profile picks 10 through 6.

The Top Ten

10. Chris Gamble (2004: 1st round, 28th overall)

Although his career came to an untimely end due to injury, cornerback Chris Gamble had a very good run with the Panthers. Often left on a island against opposing teams’ No. 1 wide receivers, he holds the team record for interceptions with 27 and retired with 508 tackles, 80 passes defended, and 326 interception return yards.

The Carolina Panthers will probably be minding their p's and q's from here on out as they look for funding from the City of Charlotte for stadium renovations.

Cornerback Chris Gamble was beloved by Carolina Panther fans.

9. Dan Morgan (2001: 1st round, 11th overall)

He may have had an up-and-down career in Carolina, but when linebacker Dan Morgan was on the field, he was dominant. He  won the 2001 Defensive Rookie of the Year, was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2004 and received All-Pro honors that same year.

Unfortunately, his career was marred with injuries and he only managed to start 59 games. He retired in 2007 with 386 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, and five interceptions to his credit. In 2009 he tried to make a comeback with the New Orleans Saints but never saw the field.

8. Thomas Davis (2005: 1st round, 14th overall)

A true leader on and off the field, linebacker Thomas Davis has made an impact from day one. Davis is a sure tackler who has the speed to cover tight ends and running backs. What makes his accomplishments even more remarkable is that he is the only player to have overcome three tore ACLs in the same knee. He has amassed s 505 tackles, 11 sacks, and four interceptions.

Former Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Dan Morgan wonders what could have been.

Former Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Dan Morgan wonders what could have been.

7. Jon Beason (2007: 1st round, 25th overall)

When healthy, Jon Beason is one of the best linebackers in the NFL. A sideline-to-sideline defender, he can play inside or outside and is great in coverage. Beason is a very smart player who knows how to read the quarterback’s eyes and fly to the football. His has recorded 572 tackles, four sacks, 31 passes defended, nine interceptions, and four sacks.

6. DeAngelo Williams (2006: 1st round,  27th overall)

A smart runner who has great vision and the speed to score from anywhere on the field, running back DeAngelo Williams is Carolina’s all-time leading rusher with 5,789 yards and 43 touchdowns. He is one of the few backs in league history to average over four yards carry every year of his career.

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natesweet
natesweet moderator

Fucking Tom Waits is performing with the Stones tonight!

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

"when you were born you were given a ticket to the freak show. If you were born in America you were given a front row seat"-George Carlin 

Houndog
Houndog

OK, Later! I'm outa here, my ride is here, going to Oakland to see the Rolling Stones

UNCfan And French Andy Are Besties
UNCfan And French Andy Are Besties

Is there a more dominant force in the NFL than Matt Ryan? Seriously? Is what a Falcons fan said on the NFCS blog here was my response

yeah the playoffs 


Koosh12684
Koosh12684

So I FINALLY got me some doritos loco tacos!  Review to come in a bit.

Houndog
Houndog

What the flock is goin' on?

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By the way, to those people scoffing at the notion of making this a two-part series, the reality is it was never intended to be one. I just goofed up and failed to notice that this was a draft, not a pending article, until I had got to the bottom and was completely out of time. So I ran with it as is. 

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First rehearsal for Refer Madness is tomorrow. I am a bit nervous. I am not used to singing in front of people anymore.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

You know what the best part of a bloody mary is?

The alcohol content.

Houndog
Houndog

@UNCfan 90 3 Atlanta fans are similar to Detroit fans that way, a 9-7 or 10-6 record, or a victory on Monday night football is like winning a Superbowl

Koosh12684
Koosh12684

OMG!  I don't know how the nacho cheese is going to touch that ranch one!  But here it goes...

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@Maized and Confused I can't stand them. I am not a huge fan of tomato juice to begin with, but then adding pepper to it . . . bleh.

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@TheChainsawNinja If this site is to stay in the good graces of my family, I need to take time off when I can. So I don't do much with it on the weekends in the offseason. As it is, during the season, we are writing articles all week and then our weekends are also packed until late at night, especially if the NFCN/S have Sunday Night or Monday Night games. Needless to say that creates some tension in the family life.

I will probably start editing articles during the week to publish on a schedule for Saturday and Sunday, but until training camp starts, it probably won't be more than one a day.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

@TheChainsawNinja 

It's the offseason, though I'm surprised Rourke didn't post the follow-up to this article.

During the season we have 4-5 articles on the weekends.

Koosh12684
Koosh12684

Well the nacho cheese shell does hold its own, but not quite up to par with the ranch.  But they turned a previous soft sheller into a hard sheller.

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@UNCfan 90 3  Thanks! I am looking forward to stretching my wings a bit. I need to kick my own ass now and then because it's too easy for me to succumb to fear of being judged or fear of failure. Taking risks helps me overcome that.

I love being on stage. I just loathe auditioning more than almost anything except maybe moving. 

Houndog
Houndog

@UNCfan 90 3  @Houndog Yes, but that is (technically) only one week later than their usual collapse Last year they had the bye, won one game, and then collapsed, Usually they just collapse in the first playoff game and I expect more of the same from Melty Ice!.

Houndog
Houndog

@UNCfan 90 3  @Houndog OK, but they did it last year with one of the weakest schedules in the league, although they did play well in the playoffs.