Ranking the Panthers' Three Best Draft Picks (and Two Worst)

The Panthers traded up to draft WR Xavier Legette in the first round
The Panthers traded up to draft WR Xavier Legette in the first round / David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Jonathon Brooks - Running Back, Texas (2nd Round)

The Panthers solidified its offensive foundation by selecting the draft's first running back, Jonathon Brooks out of Texas. Chubba Hubbard performed well last year, but a backfield of Hubbard and Miles Sanders doesn't exactly strike fear into the hearts of opposing defenses.

Brooks, on the other hand, can do exactly that. He had 1,425 yards from scrimmage with 11 TDs in just 11 games for the Longhorns this year. The dual-threat running back suffered a torn ACL last year but sounds like he's close to a return, mitigating any fear that he'll miss a good chunk of the year.

One of the best ways to support a young, developing QB is to give him a star running back. By drafting Brooks, Dan Morgan hopes he's accomplished that goal.

The pressure is now on Young to deliver. Even if it takes some time for this trio of offensive weapons to develop, no one can pretend that the Panthers haven't made significant upgrades.

Brooks was one of the most elusive, yet powerful and versatile backs in the class. He was RB No. 1 for a reason, and Dave Canales has to be thrilled about the plays he can draw up.

Now, let's take a look at two underwhelming picks from Carolina.