In this segment we’ve taken a look at the progress and projections of each of the Panthers 2018 draft picks. As disappointing a season this has turned out to be Carolina Panthers Hoodie , there is a lot to look forward to with the young talent on this team. The 2018 Draft may go down as one of the best this franchise has had from top to bottom, with multiple contributors on both sides of the ball. Let’s take a look at how these guys finished the season up against their earlier projections. Grades are based on production relative to draft position. In other words, how strong was the Panthers return on investment on a round-by-round basis?D.J. Moore, WR (Round 1, Pick 24, No. 24 overall)Week 13 breakdown: Since Week 7, D.J. Moore and Cam Newton have been able to develop solid chemistry as his responsibilities continue to increase on a week-to-week basis. To put in perspective how much D.J.’s production has improved since my last report, his season’s receiving yards projection has increased by 60%.Week 13 outlook: With Devin Funchess’ impending departure via free agency Luke Kuechly Color Rush Jersey , D.J. Moore should be the Panthers No. 1 receiver in 2019... if he isn’t already.Final statistics16 games playedReceiving55 receptions on 82 targets (67% catch rate), 788 yards, 2 touchdownsRushing172 yards on 13 attempts, 13.23 ypcFinal grade: A-D.J. Moore provides this team with number one receiver potential going into 2019. He finishes the season as the highest graded rookie wide-out by Pro Football Focus. You can see Moore’s progression as the game slowed down for him in the graphs above. His production did taper off in the last third of the season, correlating strongly with the deterioration of Cam Newton’s shoulder. With Devin Funchess being a healthy scratch in Week 17 and his impending free agency, you’d have to think his time in Carolina has come to an end. Look for Moore’s sophomore season to be even stronger as he takes on additional responsibility in Norv Turner’s offense. Donte Jackson, CB (Round 2, Pick 23 C.J. Anderson Jersey , No. 55 overall)Week 13 breakdown: Similar to the defense as a unit, Jackson has seen a drop-off from his hot start to the season. Regardless, he has the tools to be a great player in this league.Week 13 outlook: The inevitable rookie wall and injuries have slowed down his projections, but Jackson can still finish strong and look to build on a fantastic rookie season.Final statistics 16 games played4 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 9 passes defensed73 tackles1 sweet pick-twoFinal grade: AAnalysis: Donte Jackson looks like he can be a lock-down corner in this league for a long time and the Panthers have to feel lucky that he fell to them in the second round. The play of Jackson and Bradberry this season gives the Panthers one less position group to worry about addressing this off-season, especially with the impending return of Ross Cockrell.Rashaan Gaulden, S (Round 3 Russell Color Rush Shepard Jersey , Pick 21, No. 85 overall)Week 13 breakdown: Gaulden has kept the exact same pace and honestly, there’s not much to say here. He seems to be a decent depth piece behind two veteran safeties.Week 13 outlook: Rashaan could potentially see more time at nickel if Rivera looks to shake up coverage schemes and personnel, but I’d expect more of an impact to come next season. Final statistics15 games played18 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 0 interceptionsFinal grade: CGaulden didn’t have much of an impact this season. With the potential departures of 37-year-old Mike Adams and Eric Reid at the safety position, Carolina will have to make some big decisions regarding this group moving forward. Gaulden’s tape from this season should have a substantial impact on these decisions.Ian Thomas, TE (Round 4 Jordan Scarlett Jersey , Pick 1, No. 101 overall) Week 13 breakdown: Thomas’ numbers tapered off after the return of Greg Olsen, but should steadily increase now that Greg is out for the year.Week 13 outlook: The future is here and we will see how bright it is. Jason Witten hasn’t done us any favors.Final statistics16 games played36 receptions on 49 targets (73% catch rate), 333 yards, 2 touchdowns Final grade: A-Ian Thomas got better and better as the year went on. When Greg Olsen went down with his season-ending injury in Tampa, Thomas filled in admirably.The rookie continued to produce regardless of who was playing quarterback and emerged as a red zone threat in the Panthers final three games. With Olsen’s future in doubt, Carolina should feel comfortable with Ian Thomas as their starter moving forward. This was a fantastic pick on the third day of the draft. Marquis Haynes, DE (Round 4 https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/Christian-Miller-Jersey , Pick 36, No. 136 overall)Week 13 breakdown: Haynes has been activated for two games since Week Seven and has not produced much (one tackle).Week 13 outlook: Project pass rusher who may struggle to maintain a roster spot in next year’s training camp.Final statistics4 games played4 tackles, 0 sacksFinal grade: C-Haynes’ size is an issue at the next level, where he wasn’t able to produce much pressure in his limited opportunities. At 6’2” 235 lbs., Marquis will need to develop much better technique in order to mask his physical shortcomings and make the roster in 2019. Ed. Note - For those of you who enjoyed this series last year, we’ve decided to change it up for 2018. Instead of focusing our attention on the head coach of our opponent, we’ve opened it up to anyone affiliated with the organization. So, instead of “Jay Gruden looks like...” you’ll get a collection of jokes about other folks as well. We hope you enjoy this updated format. -BSTo get us prepared for Sunday’s game against Washington Will Grier Jersey , the CSR staff decided to have a little fun by borrowing the ‘looks like game’ concept from The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz on ESPN.Ed. Note 2.0 - The Looks Like Game is the best thing that anyone does at ESPN and it’s not even close. If you’ve never experienced it before I highly recommend it. Trust me.Below is a collection of our best efforts to figure out exactly what/who people from the Washington organization look like. Feel free to discuss your favorite ones in the comments section, and you can even provide your own if you feel up to it.Disclaimer: This is all in good fun. We’re not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings here, so if you happen to stumble across this and find your name mentioned, we sincerely hope you understand that we’re mostly kidding.CSR looks like: Washington edition...Jay Gruden looks like he knows about six other words besides football.Jim Tomsula looks like he knows everybody at Dicks Sporting Goods on a first name basis.Alex Smith looks like he models for watch ads.Dan Snyder looks like an actor who can only get roles as a financial advisor in commercials.Ryan Kerrigan looks like the guy that drives his brand new F-350 with the lift kit through the drive through at McDonald’s and has to open the door in order to be able to reach down and grab his food.Jay Gruden looks like he would trust a 5-star Yelp review.Jim Tomsula looks like he would be uncomfortable in a canoe.Josh Norman looks like he has had it with DC area “barbecue.”Colt McCoy looks like he pretends to be 19 to get into college parties.Alex Smith looks like the clearance rack version of Kirk Cousins that Washington time traveled 20 years into the future to buy.Dan Snyder looks like an attorney who refuses to be reasonable in a plea bargain negotiation.Ryan Kerrigan looks like the meathead frat bro in every college movie ever made.Josh Doctson looks like that younger cousin that is the grandparents’ favorite for no apparent reason.Dan Snyder looks like he pays somebody to taste his food.Jim Tomsula looks like he’s the guy Dan Snyder pays to taste his food.Brandon Scherff looks like Des Moines, Iowa. Jay Gruden looks like he’s wondering where Ferris Bueller went.Alex Smith looks like he has four wives and 17 children.Dan Snyder looks like he could be a Cabinet secretary.Colt McCoy looks like the employee of the month at Hertz.Jim Tomsula looks like he aggressively chews gum 24 hours a day.Jay Gruden looks like a guy who goes to Applebee’s and orders a Yuengling, then talks down to his friends who are all drinking Bud Light.Vernon Davis looks like the next Mr. Clean.Alex Smith looks the actor who plays a high school quarterback who is clearly in his 40s.Jim Tomsula looks like a guy who went the whole nine yards with golf equipment but is very bad at golf.Dan Snyder looks like a guy who would claim to cut his own hair after going to an expensive barber.Jay Gruden looks like the guy who can’t wait to tell you about his new lawnmower.Jim Tomsula looks like a guy who won’t shut up about how good Blockbuster used to be.Which ones are your favorites, Panthers fans?Discuss.