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Category: ‘2012 NFL Draft’

Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly Wins Defensive Rookie of Year
February 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 AM
The future is bright for the Carolina Panthers. For the second consecutive year, a first-year Panther took home Rookie of the Year honors. One year after quarterback Cam Newton won Offensive Rookie of the Year, linebacker Luke Kuechly was named the top defensive rookie at the NFL Honors awards program at the...

Confident or Cocky? Carolina Panthers Rookie CB Josh Norman Talks a Big Game
July 17th, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Most rookies - let alone a fifth-round pick from a mid-major school - don't begin running their mouths and calling out veteran players before playing a single snap in an NFL game. Josh Norman isn't most rookies. Norman, a 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback from Coastal Carolina, isn't intimidated by the transition from the...

Boom or Bust? Evaluating Carolina Panthers Rookie Cornerback Josh Norman
May 31st, 2012 at 9:02 PM
The Panthers used their fifth round pick in this year's draft on Josh Norman, a cornerback out of Division 1-AA Coastal Carolina. Despite unquestionable talent, many teams passed on Norman because he was a small-school prospect with a checkered past. He was arrested for driving with a suspended license in 2009...

Is Fourth-Round Pick Joe Adams the Next Steve Smith?
May 21st, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Joe Adams and Steve Smith have a lot in common. Both are wide receivers. Both are under 6-feet tall. Adams was a fourth-round pick, Smith was a third rounder. And Adams, just like Smith, will begin his NFL career as a kick returner. The parallels are eerily similar. Smith - who will...

Despite Draft Strategy, Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera Comfortable with Defensive Line
May 20th, 2012 at 10:26 PM
***PHOTO2*** While the Carolina Panthers received mostly praise for their performance in April's draft, many fans and analysts were surprised that the team didn't address the defensive line until the fourth round (DE Frank Alexander) - and didn't draft a single defensive tackle with one of their seven picks. While there were...