CAROLINA PAN­THERS

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NFC SOUTH -

Grade: B-

D. J. Moore wasn’t a reach, but he was the first of a string of picks by gen­eral man­ager Marty Hur­ney that came at least marginally higher than pro­jected. Ul­ti­mately, this draft will likely be judged on whether Hur­ney made the right de­ci­sion to take Moore ahead of Calvin Ri­d­ley, who went two picks later to di­vi­sion ri­val At­lanta. From there, Hur­ney did check off “need” boxes with Jack­son, Gaulden and Haynes.

Best pick

Donte Jack­son lacks pro­to­type size, weight and length, but he tied for the top 40 time (4.32) among cor­ner­backs at the scout­ing com­bine and could step in as the ideal nickel back for a de­fense that fin­ished 18th against the pass last sea­son.

Up­side pick

Ken­drick Nor­ton, the son of Ken Nor­ton Jr., was con­sid­ered a po­ten­tial mid­dle-round pick. He comes from a strong foot­ball fam­ily and sports the ideal size, length and mo­tor to clog lanes as a two-down run stuffer.

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Jack­son

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