History of Carolina Panthers First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

The Carolina Panthers have only been around for three decades, but they already have quite a few successful first-round NFL Draft picks under their belt.

The Carolina Panthers hit the ground running in the 1995 NFL Draft with three first-round draft picks. Since then, they’ve sustained that momentum with impact selections like Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly, DeAngelo Williams, and Julius Peppers. Overall, how have the Panthers fared in Round 1 across almost three decades of existence?

Carolina Panthers First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

The Panthers haven’t been as lucky as the Baltimore Ravens, who already have three first-round Hall of Famers in their short league tenure. As of now, Carolina hasn’t selected a Hall of Famer in Round 1, though Kuechly — a five-time All-Pro — could soon be inducted. There’s also hope that the new era, led by No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young, will hearken more impact talent.

2024

  • Xavier Legette | Pick 32
    WR, South Carolina

2023

  • Bryce Young | Pick 1
    QB, Alabama

2022

  • Ikem Ekwonu | Pick 6
    OT, North Carolina State

2021

  • Jaycee Horn | Pick 8
    DB, South Carolina

2020

  • Derrick Brown | Pick 7
    DT, Auburn

2019

  • Brian Burns | Pick 16
    DE, Florida State

2018

  • DJ Moore | Pick 24
    WR, Maryland

2017

  • Christian McCaffrey | Pick 8
    RB, Stanford

2016

  • Vernon Butler | Pick 30
    DT, Louisiana Tech

2015

  • Shaq Thompson | Pick 25
    LB, Washington

2014

  • Kelvin Benjamin | Pick 28
    WR, Florida State

2013

  • Star Lotulelei | Pick 14
    DT, Utah

2012

  • Luke Kuechly | Pick 9
    LB, Boston College

2011

  • Cam Newton | Pick 1
    QB, Auburn

2010

The Panthers traded the 17th pick to the San Francisco 49ers.

2009

The Panthers traded the 28th pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.

2008

  • Jonathan Stewart | Pick 13
    RB, Oregon
  • Jeff Otah | Pick 19
    OT, Pittsburgh

2007

  • Jon Beason | Pick 25
    LB, Miami (FL)

2006

  • DeAngelo Williams | Pick 27
    RB, Memphis

2005

  • Thomas Davis | Pick 14
    LB, Georgia

2004

  • Chris Gamble | Pick 28
    DB, Ohio State

2003

  • Jordan Gross | Pick 8
    OT, Utah

2002

  • Julius Peppers | Pick 2
    DE, North Carolina

2001

  • Dan Morgan | Pick 11
    LB, Miami (FL)

2000

  • Rashard Anderson | Pick 23
    DB, Jackson State

1999

The Panthers traded the fifth pick to Washington. The pick was later traded to New Orleans and used to select Ricky Williams.

1998

  • Jason Peter | Pick 14
    DE, Nebraska

1997

  • Rae Carruth | Pick 27
    WR, Colorado

1996

  • Tim Biakabutuka | Pick 8
    RB, Michigan

1995

  • Kerry Collins | Pick 5
    QB, Penn State
  • Tyrone Poole | Pick 22
    DB, Fort Valley State
  • Blake Brockermeyer | Pick 29
    OT, Texas

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