Got this off of another board. Now if that doesn't add confidence to Softli on this team I don't know what does.
Thought I'd take a look at how he's drafted over the years. It says he was promoted to director of college scouting for the Panthers in 2000, so I'm going to assume that he ran those drafts. Here are his picks (first day and notables, only):
1: Rashard Anderson, CB (got into drug problems)
2: Deon Grant, FS (starter)
3: Leander Jordan, T (waved by the start of the 2002 season, backup now with Chargers)
6: Jeno James, G (starter, on IR in 2006)
1: Dan Morgan, MLB (starter)
2: Kris Jenkins, DT (starter)
3: Steve Smith, WR (starter)
4: Chris Weinke, QB (backup)
1: Julius Peppers, DE (starter)
2: DeShaun Foster, RB (starter)
3: Will Witherspoon, OLB (starter)
1: Jordan Gross, T (starter)
2: Bruce Nelson, C (never touched the field)
3: Mike Seidman, TE (made it to a starter in 2006, but spent most of it on IR)
3: Ricky Manning, CB (starter)
1: Chris Gamble, CB (starter)
2: Keary Colbert, WR (backup)
3: Travelle Wharton, T (starter)
1: Thomas Davis, SS (starter, verdict still out)
2: Eric Shelton, RB (backup, not great)
3: Evan Mathis, G (starter)
3: Atiyyah Ellison, DT (cut before start of the season)
Positives: He got 8 starters out of 10 picks from the defensive side of the ball on the first day of the draft during his tenure. That's incredible. He only got 4 starters, 2 backups, and 2 maybe-somethings out of 10 picks on the offensive side of the ball, but that's still very good. Plus, he got another starter and a backup from his day 2 picks.
Cons: ALMOST NOTHING out of day 2. I wonder if he looks at himself and questions how he judged talent that needed to be developed on draft day. That's 1 starter and 1 backup out of 28 picks on day 2.
Verdict: Basically, if it's up to me, I'd say I'm ecstatic about his performances. If we never get anything from day 2, I'm ok with that. He seems to have an incredible eye for defensive talent on the first day of the draft, and that could mean great things for us this year. Even with little to nothing on day 2, he's picked 13 starters out of 48 picks from 2000 to 2005, for a rate of 27%. Not bad at all, especially compared to us. However, as I said, they have had a ton of day 2 picks during his tenure, and so far he's made nothing of it. What do you all think?