2011 NFL Draft Results: Carolina Panthers Day 3 Analysis

April 30, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Carolina Panthers opened the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft by adding a fast, athletic corner to their roster.
West Virginia defensive back Brandon Hogan graded better than a fourth-round pick on many draft boards, but some off-the-field issues caused him to drop to this 98th overall spot.

I see Hogan filling the role of nickel and dime corner for the Panthers. He's got a good nose for the football (although, not great hands) and does well in run support. Yes, he'll break up passes and make tackles.

There are some character concerns, as I alluded to. But, hopefully Hogan will be able to put those issues in the past and contribute to improving Carolina's defensive secondary, which was a weakness heading into this draft.

Hawaii running back-turned-receiver Kealoha Pilares was the Panthers' pick at the top of the fifth round.

Pilares joins a solid core of young receiving talent (Brandon LaFell, David Gettis) in Carolina that will presumably be ca...

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