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The Best Carolina Panthers First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

List RulesBased only on career success with Carolina Panthers. Only picks made during Super Bowl era (since 1967).

Despite the short history of the franchise, the Carolina Panthers' first-round draft picks have made their mark in the NFL. Former MVP Cam Newton, one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now, might be the most prominent, but Panthers draft picks like Julius Peppers, Luke Keuchly, and Jon Beason have vindicated the team's draft strategy.

So who has been the top first-round draft pick in Panthers history? The stats below reflect only players' time spent with the Panthers, and that's what you should consider when voting. How much did these players help the team that drafted them?

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  • 1

    Overall selection: 9 (2012)

    Stats
    102 games played, 16 interceptions (1 touchdown), 9 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown), 12.5 sacks

    Achievements
    2013 Defensive Player of the Year
    2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year
    6-time Pro Bowl selection (2013-2018)
    5-time first-team All-Pro selection (2013-2015, 2017-2018)

  • 2

    Overall selection: 2 (2002)

    Stats
    154 games played, 97 sacks, 10 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown), 6 interceptions (2 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    2002 Defensive Rookie of the Year
    5-time Pro Bowl selection (2004-2006, 2008-2009)
    2-time first-team All-Pro (2004, 2006)

  • 3

    Christian McCaffrey

    37
    6

    Overall selection: 8 (2017)

    Stats
    32 games played, 1,533 rushing yards (9 touchdowns), 1,518 receiving yards (11 touchdowns)

  • 4

    Thomas Davis

    33
    6

    Overall selection: 14 (2005)

    Stats
    176 games played, 28 sacks, 13 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown)

    Achievements
    2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year
    3-time Pro Bowl selection (2015-2017)
    2015 first-team All Pro

  • 5

    Overall selection: 1 (2011)

    Stats
    123 games played, 28,469 passing yards (182 touchdowns, 107 interceptions), 86.4 QB rating, 4,808 rushing yards (58 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    2015 NFL MVP
    2015 Offensive Player of the Year
    2011 Offenisve Rookie of the Year
    3-time Pro Bowl selectoin (2011, 2013, 2015)
    2015 first-team All-Pro

  • 6

    Jordan Gross

    27
    5

    Overall selection: 8 (2003)

    Stats
    167 games played, 7 fumble recoveries

    Achievements
    3-time Pro Bowl selection (2008, 2010, 2013)
    2008 first-team All-Pro

  • 7

    Overall selection: 27 (2006)

    Stats
    117 games played, 6,846 rushing yards (46 touchdowns), 1,621 receiving yards (7 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    2009 Pro Bowl selection

  • 8

    Overall selection: 13 (2008)

    Stats
    131 games played, 7,318 rushing yards (51 touchdowns), 1,295 receiving yards (7 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    2015 Pro Bowl selection

  • 9

    Overall selection: 25 (2015)

    Stats
    56 games played, 6.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown)

  • 10

    Overall selection: 24 (2018)

    Stats
    16 games played, 788 receiving yards (2 touchdowns)

  • 11

    Chris Gamble

    16
    6

    Overall selection: 28 (2004)

    Stats
    123 games played, 27 interceptions (2 touchdowns), 6 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown), 4 fumbles forced)

  • 12

    Star Lotulelei

    16
    7

    Overall selection: 14 (2013)

    Stats
    76 games played, 11.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries

  • 13

    Overall selection: 11 (2001)

    Stats
    59 games played, 7 sacks, 5 interceptions, 6 fumble recoveries

    Achievements
    2004 Pro Bowl selection

  • 14

    Overall selection: 22 (1995)

    Stats
    47 games played, 5 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries

  • 15

    Overall selection: 25 (2007)

    Stats
    72 games played, 10 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries

    Achievements
    3-time Pro Bowl selection (2008-2010)
    2008 first-team All-Pro

  • 16

    Overall selection: 5 (1995)

    Stats
    45 games played, 8,306 passing yards (47 touchdowns, 54 interceptions), 66 QB rating

    Achievements
    1996 Pro Bowl selection

  • 17

    Vernon Butler

    8
    9

    Overall selection: 30 (2016)

    Stats
    38 games played, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries

  • 18

    Kelvin Benjamin

    13
    17

    Overall selection: 28 (2014)

    Stats
    40 games played, 2,424 receiving yards, 18 touchdowns

  • 19

    Overall selection: 8 (1996)

    Stats
    50 games played, 2,530 rushing yards (14 touchdowns), 789 receiving yards (3 touchdowns)

  • 20

    Overall selection: 29 (1995)

    Stats
    58 games played, 2 fumble recoveries

  • 21

    Overall selection: 23 (2000)

    Stats
    27 games played, 3 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown)

  • 22

    Overall selection: 14 (1998)

    Stats
    38 games played, 7.5 sacks

  • 23

    Overall selection: 19 (2008)

    Stats
    29 games played, 2 tackles

  • 24

    Overall selection: 27 (1997)

    Stats
    22 games played, 804 receiving yards (4 touchdowns)