List of Carolina Panthers First-round Draft Picks
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List of Carolina Panthers First-round Draft Picks
Cam Newton was the Panthers' first ever first-overall selection (2011), and went on to win the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

The Carolina Panthers joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1995 as the league's 29th franchise.[1] Their first ever selection was Kerry Collins, a quarterback from Penn State, in the 1995 NFL Draft. The team's most recent first-round selection (8th pick overall) was Jaycee Horn, a cornerback from South Carolina, in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft officially known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting" but more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.[2]

The Panthers' only first overall selection came in 2011, when they selected Newton. They would have picked first in 2002, however, the inception of the Houston Texans that year allowed Houston to pick first instead of Carolina. Carolina had the first overall pick in their inaugural season, but traded the pick to the Bengals for the 5th and 36th overall selection. The Panthers have twice selected a Miami Hurricanes player in the first round: linebacker Dan Morgan in 2001 and Beason in 2007.

Collins, the team's first ever selection, made the Pro Bowl and led the Panthers to the playoffs in only their second season of existence, but he was later released after struggling on and off the field with alcoholism. Rae Carruth began his career as a promising wide receiver,[3] but he was dropped from the team after being arrested for hiring someone to kill his pregnant girlfriend (he would later be convicted of the crime). Julius Peppers won Rookie of the Year, was named to the Pro Bowl on several occasions, and was the centerpiece of the Panthers' defensive line until signing with the Chicago Bears.[4] Dan Morgan was also a highly touted Pro Bowl linebacker, but repeated concussions had caused him to miss parts of several seasons until the Panthers released him in 2008. The Panthers drafted Jon Beason in 2007 partially to insure their defense against Morgan's absence.[5] Newton threw for 422 yards in his debut game, an NFL record,[6] went on to set several passing records as a rookie, and won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award.[7] Kuechly led the NFL in tackles his rookie year, and won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award one year after Newton's offensive ROTY.[8]

When the Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars joined the league together in 1995, both teams participated in an expansion draft, where they selected players from 30 existing NFL teams.[9] This list does not include players selected in that draft.


§ Denotes player who has been selected NFL Most Valuable Player
+ Denotes player who has been selected AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year or Defensive Player of the Year
? Denotes player who has been selected AP Offensive or Defensive Rookie of the Year
# Denotes player who has been selected to the Pro Bowl with the Panthers
Bold Denotes player who is currently active in the NFL

Player selections

Kerry Collins, shown here as a member of the Tennessee Titans, was the Panthers' first ever first-round draft pick, and went to the Pro Bowl.
Julius Peppers was selected second overall in 2002, and was named to four All-Pro teams.
Luke Kuechly was drafted ninth overall from Boston College, and won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2012.
Year Pick Player name Position College Awards[10]
1995 5[A] Kerry Collins # QB Penn State *Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie (1995)
*Pro Bowl (1996)
22 Tyrone Poole CB Fort Valley State *Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie (1995)
29 Blake Brockermeyer OT Texas *Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie (1995)
1996 8 Tshimanga Biakabutuka RB Michigan
1997 27 Rae Carruth WR Colorado *Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie (1997)
1998 14 Jason Peter DE Nebraska
1999 --[B] -- No Pick (traded to New Orleans)
2000 23[C] Rashard Anderson DB Jackson State
2001 11 Dan Morgan # LB Miami (FL) *Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie (2001)
*Pro Bowl (2004)
2002 2[D] Julius Peppers ? # DE North Carolina *Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie (2002)
*AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (2002)
*5× Pro Bowl (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)
*4× All-Pro (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009)
2003 8 Jordan Gross # OT Utah *Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie (2003)
*3× Pro Bowl (2008, 2010, 2013)
*All-Pro (2008)
2004 28 Chris Gamble CB Ohio State *Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie (2004)
2005 14 Thomas Davis # LB Georgia *Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2014)
*3x Pro Bowl (2015, 2016, 2017)
2006 27 DeAngelo Williams # RB Memphis *Pro Bowl (2009)
*All-Pro (2008)
2007 25[E] Jon Beason # LB Miami (FL) *Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie (2007)
*3x Pro Bowl (2008, 2009, 2010)
*2x All-Pro (2008, 2009)
2008 13 Jonathan Stewart # RB Oregon *Pro Bowl (2015)
19[F] Jeff Otah OT Pittsburgh
2009 -- No Pick (traded to Buffalo)
2010 --[G] -- No Pick (traded to San Francisco)
2011 1 Cam Newton § + ? # QB Auburn *Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie (2011)
*AP Offensive Rookie of the Year (2011)
*AP Offensive Player of the Year (2015)
*NFL Most Valuable Player (2015)
*3x Pro Bowl (2011, 2013, 2015)
*All-Pro (2015)
2012 9 Luke Kuechly + ? # LB Boston College *Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie (2012)
*AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (2012)
*AP Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
*7x Pro Bowl (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
*7x All-Pro (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
2013 14 Star Lotulelei DT Utah *PFWA All-Rookie (2013)
2014 28 Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
2015 25 Shaq Thompson LB Washington
2016 30 Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
2017 8 Christian McCaffrey # RB Stanford *Pro-Bowl (2019)
*2x All-Pro (2018, 2019)
2018 24 D. J. Moore WR Maryland
2019 16 Brian Burns DE Florida State
2020 7 Derrick Brown DT Auburn
2021 8 Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina


  1. ^ The Panthers acquired this pick from the Bengals in exchange for the fifth and 36th picks.
  2. ^ The Panthers traded their 1999 and 2000 first round picks to Washington for defensive end Sean Gilbert.
  3. ^ The Panthers acquired this pick from Miami in exchange for their 1998 2nd-round pick (44th overall, used to select Patrick Surtain); the Panthers' original first-round selection had been traded to Washington.
  4. ^ Although the Panthers finished the previous season with a league-worst 1-15 record, the first overall pick was awarded to an expansion team, the Houston Texans.
  5. ^ The Panthers acquired this pick, a second-round (59th overall, used to select Ryan Kalil) and fifth-round (164th overall), used to select Tim Shaw selections from the New York Jets in exchange for the Panthers' first-round (14th overall, used to select Darrelle Revis) and sixth-round (191st overall, later traded to Green Bay, used to select Korey Hall) picks.
  6. ^ The Panthers acquired this pick from the Eagles in exchange for their 2008 2nd (43rd overall) and 4th (109th overall) round picks, as well as their 2009 1st round pick.
  7. ^ The Panthers traded their 2010 first-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for their 2009 second and fourth-round selections (43rd and 111th overall, respectively).
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  2. ^ Alder, James. "NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "He played a remarkable rookie season...", "He was "a fast receiver who could catch and had big-play potential," said Hurney.""Panther back office testifies for Carruth". 2000-12-14. Archived from the original on 2007-05-09. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "On a defensive line that suddenly has emerged as one of the league's best young units... Peppers is the linchpin."Len Pasquarelli (2003-08-05). "Peppers has bulked up, improved footwork". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Beason gives the Panthers the comfort they need at linebacker, where they can't help but be nervous about Dan Morgan's repeated problems with concussions.""What they're saying". Archived from the original on 2007-05-01. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals recap - September 11, 2011". ESPN. 2011-09-11. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Barry Wilner (2012-02-04). "Cam Newton wins Offensive Rookie of the Year". Huffington Post. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Marc Sessler (2013-02-02). "Luke Kuechly wins Defensive Rookie of the Year honors". National Football League. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Expansion Draft". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Honors". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2014.


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