Should the Panthers Draft a Wide Receiver 8th/9th Overall?


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The Carolina Panthers don’t know what position they’ll be drafting in yet, but they have a good idea. When April rolls around the Panthers will have the eighth or ninth pick depending on a coin flip that will take place after the playoffs conclude. Drafting eighth would be nice but it won’t be the end of the world if the Panthers fall back a spot, especially considering all of the areas that need to be addressed.

After seeing Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon and Alshon Jeffery dominate in yesterday’s games I am now wondering if Carolina should make the leap and draft a receiver. Yes, the position isn’t the biggest need on the roster but it is up there. Steve Smith is a free agent to be after next season and isn’t getting any younger. Drafting the heir apparent wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. This year’s receiving corps is loaded and should be chalk full of difference makers in the NFL.

There’s a good chance that Blackmon–the best receiver in this class–won’t be available when the Panthers pick, although I can’t say that for certain with how unpredictable the draft can be. How many would have thought that Blaine Gabbert would have fallen to the 10th pick a year ago? Even if Blackmon isn’t on the board there still is a possibility that Carolina goes with a receiver.

Michael Floyd is a name that you probably have heard of but not in the same sentence as a Blackmon or Jeffery. Believe me when I say this: Floyd is going to be a player in the NFL. He has the size, hands and leaping ability to be a future Pro Bowler if he can keep his head on straight. If it weren’t for some off the field issues with Floyd he would be mentioned in the same category as Blackmon and Jeffery.

Those three prospects are the only ones worthy of the eighth or ninth pick. It’s possible that the Panthers could hold off on drafting a receiver and try to snag one later on. Kendall Wright is flying up draft boards after he posted an impressive season and some feel that he could be the next Smith–I’m not necessarily buying into that, but he could be a nice slot receiver. Nick Toon is another name you’ll be hearing about and the same goes for Mohamed Sanu who just declared for the draft today.

Like I said earlier, the draft is loaded at the receiver position but as far as elite prospects go it stops after Blackmon, Jeffery and Floyd. The Panthers will be getting David Gettis back next season and Brandon LaFell will have another year under his belt, which makes the receiver debate such an interesting question. Personally, I would draft Blackmon if he is available in a heartbeat and have to think long and hard about Jeffery and Floyd.

There’s still plenty of time before the draft, so this discussion will continue to rage on in the upcoming months. But what I want to know is what you would do if you were making the decision for the Panthers.

Let me know below.

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  • pantherfan89

    Easy. Take best available player on D. I cant believe i wasted my time reading that shit article.

  • kepickle

    @panthersbuzztap Maybe IF the Best Player avaible is a WR than I have no trouble with it unless one of the Top CB is avaible

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  • pantherfan89

    Easy. Take best available player on D. I cant believe i wasted my time reading that shit article.

  • kepickle

    @panthersbuzztap Maybe IF the Best Player avaible is a WR than I have no trouble with it unless one of the Top CB is avaible

  • SlateSchwertner

    @pantherfan89 Hey man, thanks for posting your opinion, but please keep the language appropriate.

  • becker4prez

    @pantherfan89 Why don’t you write 500 words on why they should take a defensive player and shoot me a link. I’d be glad to read it.

  • SlateSchwertner

    @pantherfan89 Hey man, thanks for posting your opinion, but please keep the language appropriate.

  • becker4prez

    @pantherfan89 Why don’t you write 500 words on why they should take a defensive player and shoot me a link. I’d be glad to read it.

  • ARupard

    We need to focus on D the first couple of rounds and then worry about Offense in my opinion.

  • ARupard

    We need to focus on D the first couple of rounds and then worry about Offense in my opinion.

  • Panthers51

    We Need one more reciever for our offense then its golden, we have a 2 headed monster in williamsd and stewart, we have probably the best line in the nfl when healthy and to really good te’s maybe a fullback also in the later rounds or pick one up in the offseason but thats the least of our problems, we need 1 more wr, id like a trade up for blackmon, then go atleast 1 DT if not 2, Then 1 more safety, a corner back another DE to compliment johnson (who btw needs to step it up this upcoming year) and maybe trade for a replacement for davis, too many injuries man, i liked you coming in but ur killing me, and i know this is a long shot but BRING BACK KASAY, why did we ever let him leave

  • Panthers51

    We Need one more reciever for our offense then its golden, we have a 2 headed monster in williamsd and stewart, we have probably the best line in the nfl when healthy and to really good te’s maybe a fullback also in the later rounds or pick one up in the offseason but thats the least of our problems, we need 1 more wr, id like a trade up for blackmon, then go atleast 1 DT if not 2, Then 1 more safety, a corner back another DE to compliment johnson (who btw needs to step it up this upcoming year) and maybe trade for a replacement for davis, too many injuries man, i liked you coming in but ur killing me, and i know this is a long shot but BRING BACK KASAY, why did we ever let him leave

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