Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Panthers' First Ever Draft Pick Was ...

... Kerry Collins! But you knew that.

April 14, 1995. Likely top draft choice Ki-Jana Carter, left, talks with Panthers GM Bill Polian and owner Jerry Richardson during practice at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. 
- Kent Johnson/Staff

June, 1995. Draft pick Blake Brockermeyer(68) works out on the sled during the first session of Panther mini-camp in Rock Hill, Thursday. - Bob Leverone/Staff

January, 1997. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and Tyrone Poole ('95 pick) celebrate the 
Panthers' 26-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
- Christopher Record/Staff

Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis (30) tries to break free from Carolina Panthers defender Shawn King (#96 and a '95 pick) during the second quarter of the Broncos game against the Carolina Panthers at Denver's Mile High Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 9, 1997. Davis gained 104-yards rushing as Denver beat Carolina 34-0. - AP Photo/Bryan Kelsen

Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins holds a Carolina Panthers jersey after he was named as the fifth pick in round one of the 1995 NFL draft in New York. - AP Photo/Joe Tabacca

There were smiles all around as Carolina Panther owner Jerry Richardson, left, handed first-ever draft pick Kerry Collins his first jersey in Rock Hill. Bill Polian smiles in the background. - Christopher A. Record/Staff

Kerry Collins, quarterback from Penn State, is all smiles as he addresses the local media for the first time at  the Carolina Panthers training facility in Rock Hill, S.C. Collins was selected by the Panthers with the 5th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. 
- AP Photo/Rick Havner

Panthers first-round draft pick Kerry Collins signs an autograph for a fan 
Saturday at the NFL draft in New York City. - Gary O'Brien/Staff

Charlotte Panthers first round draft pick Kerry Collins arrives at Charlotte-Douglas airport
 for a press conference at Winthrop University. T. Ortega Gaines/Staff

Kerry Collins (left), former QB for Penn State, talks with Panthers GM Bill Polian (driving) as they return from watching morning workouts at the practice facility at Winthrop University Tuesday, April 11, 1995 in Rock Hill SC.  .- Kent Johnson/Staff


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