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The Carolina Panthers joined the National Football League in 1995 as the league's 29th franchise. The team's first ever selection was Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins.
The Panthers' only first overall selection came in 2011, when they selected Cam Newton.
They would have picked first in 2002, however, the inception of the Houston Texans that year allowed Houston to pick first instead of Carolina.
Carolina had the first overall pick in their inaugural season, but traded the pick to the Bengals for the 5th and 36th overall selection.
The Panthers hold the 28th pick in this year's draft which starts Thursday at 8 p.m.
Here is a complete listing of 1st round draft choices:
1995: Kerry Collins (QB) Penn State - 5th overall pick
1995: Tyrone Poole (CB) Fort Valley State - 22nd overall pick
1995: Blake Brockermeyer (OT) Texas - 29 overall pick
1996: Tshimanga Biakabutuka (RB) Michigan - 8th overall pick
1997: Rae Carruth (WR) Colorado - 27th overall pick
1998: Jason Peter (DE) Nebraska - 14th overall pick
1999: No pick
2000: Rashard Anderson (DB) Jackson State - 23rd overall pick
2001: Dan Morgan (LB) Miami (FL) - 11th overall pick
2002: Julius Peppers (DE) North Carolina - 2nd overall pick
2003: Jordan Gross (OT) Utah - 8th overall pick
2004: Chris Gamble (CB) Ohio State - 28th overall pick
2005: Thomas Davis (LB) Georgia - 14th overall pick
2006: DeAngelo Williams (RB) Memphis - 27th overall pick
2007: Jon Beason (LB) Miami (FL) - 25th overall pick
2008: Jonathan Stewart (RB) Oregon - 13th overall pick
2008: Jeff Otah (OT) Pittsburgh - 19th overall pick
2009: No pick
2010: No pick
2011: Cam Newton (QB) Auburn - 1st overall pick
2012: Luke Kuechly (LB) Boston College - 9th overall pick
2013: Star Lotulelei (DT) Utah - 14th overall pick
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