It’s no secret that the Carolina Panthers in 2016 were completely different from the 2015 team that made it to the Super Bowl.

 

Their offensive was dismal and with the loss of Luke Kuechly for most of the season, the defensive suffered a major hit as well.

 

Needless to say, after missing the playoffs, the Panthers had a lot of questions to answer in this year’s draft, and that’s what they did.

 

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On the offensive side, even with the return of number one target Kelvin Benjamin, Cam Newton and the Carolina offense at ranked 15th in the league in points per game, 19th in yards per game, 21st in passing and 10th in rushing. A formula that helped lead to a 6-10 record.

 

So what did they do with their first two draft picks? They selected two of the most versatile and explosive players in the draft, Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel.

 

McCaffrey was their first selection taken with the 8th pick of the draft while Samuel was their second selection taken with the 40th pick in the draft.

 

Both players exhibit similar skill sets with the ability to run, pass and return on special teams. Probably touted as two of the most versatile backs in the draft, the Panthers gained two new weapons that can be used in a variety of ways to provide sparks for a team who was down offensively.

 

However, with the additions of McCaffrey and Samuel alongside mainstays Newton, Jonathan Stewart, and Greg Olsen, the Panthers have a chance to return to their offensive glory from two seasons ago and get back on track.

 

On the defensive side, injuries hampered a once dominant defense along with the loss of All-Pro corner Josh Norman to the Redskins. Through the draft, the Panthers picked up a linebacker/rush end hybrid in Daeshon Hall out of Texas A&M. Hall has the ability to play inside and outside and with veterans Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson in front of him, he can mold into a great player. As for this season, the Panthers will look for him to wreak havoc in opponent’s Backfields on third down. Over his last two seasons in college, Hall had 14 sacks and over 36 tackles for loss. He could prove to be a surprise spark for the defense.

 

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