By John Ulecka @johnnyu9322 on March 28, 2014
The Carolina Panthers have had a brief history, but the franchise has still had its fair share of draft mistakes since 1995. From off-field controversies to plain old busts, the Panthers have seen it all in their near two decades of existence. Here are the five biggest NFL Draft blunders in the franchise's history.
The Michigan star who ran right into the record books was taken by Carolina with the 8th selection in the 1996 Draft. Biakabutuka was often injured as he never played more than 12 games in a season. He only played in 50 games over his six-year career, totaling 3,319 total yards and 17 touchdowns.
The 1997 consensus All-American from Nebraska was expected to provide Carolina with a defensive stud. He only lasted in the league for four seasons. Peter's career was cut short because of chronic neck stingers, which forced him to retire after the 2001 season. Peter finished his career with 17.5 sacks.
The University of Pittsburgh star was widely considered the best tackle in the 2008 class. Otah started 12 games as a rookie, but then the injuries started to mount. He was placed on injured reserve in both 2010 and 2011. Otah could never stay healthy, and after a nullified trade to the Jets, he was released by Carolina subsequently ending his career.
Carruth's career lasted from 1997-99 and he compiled 62 catches for 804 yards and four touchdowns. He is most notably known for his criminal record. Carruth is currently incarcerated for his involvement in the death of his then girlfriend. His career was a flash, so if you blinked you might have missed it.
Clausen had a rocky college career at Notre Dame, but to the surprise of many, Carolina selected Clausen in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In his only action as a pro, Clausen's numbers were atrocious, completing 53 percent of passes and throwing 3 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. The Panthers selected Cam Newton No. 1 overall in 2011, ending Clausen's chance as starter. He would not see the field again and was cut in 2013.
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