If the Panthers ever turn the corner to becoming one of the NFL’s defensive elites, you can bet Charles Johnson’s name will be prominently mentioned. The 6-year veteran has already established himself as a premier defensive end and is one of the anchors of an up-and-coming Carolina team.
Steve Smith began his career with the Carolina Panthers in 2001 and will probably finish it with the same team as his contract runs through 2015 and an option for 2016. A five time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All Pro, Smith leads by action and deeds and in some cases, words. Just ask Cam Newton and Jimmy Claussen.
Luke Kuechly may be the most polished linebacker to come out of Boston College or anywhere else for that matter. Aggressive yet technically sound, Kuechly stepped right in as a starter for the Carolina Panthers when they opened the 2012 regular season in Tampa.
Second year quarterback Cam Newton hopes to avoid the sophomore jinx.