Terry Godwin was selected by the Carolina Panthers as the 237th player in the 2019 NFL Draft. While picks that low often aren’t expected to contribute right away, Carolina is a team that presents an opportunity for Godwin to work his way up the depth chart.
The receiving corps struggled for the Panthers last season, as no receiver cracked the 800-yard mark and running back Christian McCaffrey led the team in receiving.
The leading returning receiver is D.J. Moore, who caught 55 passes for 788 yards and a pair of touchdowns as a rookie in 2018. The only other receiver over 500 yards last year, Devin Funchess, left in free agency for the Colts.
This leaves the Panthers in a sort of by-committee approach at receiver behind Moore. As a late-round pick, Godwin will be asked to contribute on special teams at first, but if he proves himself there he could see his role in the passing game increase.
Godwin could also possibly get a shot at returning punts with the departure of 2018’s leading punt returner Damiere Byrd. The other two Panthers to return punts, Moore and Kenjon Barner, combined to average less than five yards per return.
In what was an intriguing draft for the Carolina Panthers overall, the selection of offensive tackle Dennis Daley from South Carolina certainly added to it.
The Panthers needed to beef up the offensive line, and they did that with the selection of Daley . With so many important positions being taken care of in the draft last weekend, he kind of got lost in the shuffle. However, I think he is an important draft pick especially for the future of the quarterbacks. In today’s pass-happy National Football League, protecting the quarterback is key.
The Carolina Panthers may have gotten a bargain pick, as he lasted until the sixth round. However, he has a ton of potential. Bill Voth took note of that in his Grill Bill column he published on Friday.
One of the things that stands out to me per his draft profile on NFL.com, is note that he “gets out in front of screen passes with good athletic ability in open field.” That is huge for this Carolina Panthers offense. The way they utilize their running backs, they need to have blockers who can do so in the open field. If the Panthers have someone that can give Christian McCaffrey even more space in the open field, that would be ideal. In particular, McCaffrey thrives on the screen pass. With the way he can cut and his acceleration once he receives the ball, he is off to the races in no time.
At the very least, Daley will provide protection for Cam Newton on the offensive line. That is perhaps the biggest thing for Carolina. Although he may be a bit of a project, he does have the potential to become a key component of the offense.
Measuring in at six-foot-five, 317 pounds, Daley certainly should provide enough protection up front for the Panthers. He certainly has the potential to be a steal for the Carolina Panthers, he just needs to refine his skills a little bit more. One of the biggest issues last year was no protection for Newton, and at the very least, they have addressed it with Daley here. It’ll be interesting to see how he does come training camp in July.
So far, the Carolina Panthers rookies have said the right things in the early going as they look to get settled with their new team. We have heard Will Grier be very accepting of the fact that he is going to be the backup quarterback. Thursday, new running back Jordan Scarlett said that he would be happy to complement Christian McCaffrey.
You could definitely pawn it off as a “rookies just trying to say the right thing” type of deal. However, it is nice to hear that they are handling themselves well. They seem to know their roles, and have come in with modest expectations at least at the outset. Scarlett is figured to be a key figure in the Carolina Panthers running game. He is ready to complement Christian McCaffrey, and I think he could be the bruiser type of running back. That could serve as a change of pace to McCaffrey’s speed and flash. Scarlett described himself as much to the media on Thursday.
The fact that Scarlett is willing to learn is also encouraging. He has two of the best players in the National Football League on his side of the football in Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey. They can certainly teach a lot. McCaffrey in particular could help teach him the nuances of the offense and what it means as a running back. Scarlett could definitely thrive in this system, particularly with how often the running back is used. He has the size and speed to be able to make an impact.
He could be the 2019 version of C.J. Anderson. Anderson definitely fit the role of a bruiser back. However, he did not get enough touches while he was in Charlotte. We saw firsthand how much he meant to the Los Angeles Rams. Especially in the playoffs, he put together several good performances as the team made it to the Super Bowl. Scarlett he can fill that need the Panthers have with more youthful legs. He is a strong playmaker who could definitely handle the rushing challenges of the National Football League.
It will be interesting to see exactly how Scarlett fits into the offense. He certainly has the talent to be a starting running back, but if he can adjust to his role as backup running back, the Carolina Panthers could have that one-two punch at the position. One thing is for certain, Scarlett is willing to work his way up the proverbial totem pole. Especially as a rookie, that willingness certainly goes a long way.
Alabama outside linebacker Christian Miller believes he has “first-round ability.” But he was a fourth-round selection in the NFL Draft on Saturday, taken with the 115th choice by the Carolina Panthers.
Miller was fine with it.
“I’m thankful I went to the right place,” Miller said. “It’s crazy how things work out, and I couldn’t be any happier. …
“It’s not where you get picked. It’s what you do when you get there.”
The Panthers weren’t sure why Miller was available in the fourth round, but they were fine with it, too.
“He was a guy that we’ve been talking to for a while,” Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said of Miller. “He’s an excellent football player, had 8.5 sacks in around 400 snaps last year. I think, you know, he’s been going through a hamstring. He went through a hamstring early in the offseason process. That might have contributed some to him being available to where we picked him, but we are really happy to get him.
“He’s got length, he knows how to rush the passer, he can dip and bend. He just makes plays, and, as you can see by his stats last year, he’s a really good football player. He’ll help rushing the passer. That was one of the things we wanted to do was address that, and I think we did that in this draft.”