We continue our series looking at how Carolina Panthers’ rookies from 2013 performed and what we should expect looking forward. We’ve already examined the bright prospects of Star Lotulelei as well as Kawann Short, who seems ready to emerge in 2014. This week, we take a look at fourth round pick Edmund Kugbila, who spent his rookie season on IR but could make an impact on a battered offensive line this year.
2013 Stats: 0 Games Played
2013 Review: Kugbila was the Panthers’ fourth round pick in the 2013 draft, but he never put on a jersey for the team. He suffered a strained hamstring in training camp and had too many setbacks to make it back to the active roster, resulting in him getting placed on Injured Reserve before the regular season.
2014 Prediction: I honestly don’t think Kugbila will do anything different this year than from last year. His best case scenario is that he stays healthy, not a guarantee right now, and one or even two guards in front of him get hurt. Amini Silatolu, Garry Williams, and Chris Scott all have more experience than him, and Trai Turner, the Panthers’ draft pick this year, is already more pro ready. Of course, Kugbila still has a chance to prove everyone wrong and work his way into a swing-guard role. He has incredibly long arms at almost 35 inches and a prototypical guard body. Even with these advantages, I wouldn’t expect much out of him this year.
2014 Stats Prediction: Makes roster as fourth guard, 0 starts