One of the most hotly debated off-season topics over the past five years has been Marty Hurney's role at managing the draft, and putting his team in a position to succeed. There is an overwhelming feeling that despite a desire to build through the draft, the Panthers rarely were able to fulfill this lofty ideal through poor drafting, and bad selections. A five, and ten-year analysis of all 32 teams might surprise you.

In a special column for the National Football Post, Tony Villoti of Draftmetrics.com dove into the last decade of NFL drafts and attempted to normalize every pick into a systematic ranking. This is based on four essential elements: active players, games started, average share of starts, and Pro Bowl appearances. What we learned about the Carolina Panthers was very telling. We all know Marty Hurney's draft classes were excellent early, but got weaker as time went on -- but how much weaker?

10-Year rankings

Carolina Panthers: 90.5 (4th)

In the last decade, the Panthers are one of the best drafting teams based on this four-pronged metric. They also exceeded their expected ranking, based on the projection of the players they took (they were expected to finish 9th). For all the praise that gets heaped on more successful teams, Carolina out-drafted the New England Patriots (5th) and Pittsburgh Steelers (29th).