Wide Receiver at 14? Not So Fast...

The Carolina Panthers have brought in 10 wide receivers for pre-draft visits. That’s got to be a sign that they’re taking a wide receiver with the 14th pick in the draft, right? Not so fast…

Wide receiver has been a need for the Carolina Panthers since Muhsin Muhammed left the first time. Think of all of the failed wide receivers the Panthers have had. Drew Carter, Keary Colbert, Dwayne Jarrett, etc. A good wide receiver prospect should be available to the Panthers at 14. I know it’s flashy, and a popular choice, but is it the best choice?

“The Carolina Panthers biggest need is defensive tackle. Sheldon Richardson at 14 makes the most sense for them”. Let’s look at this logically, though. Defensive tackle is a big need. So is wide receiver, offensive tackle, guard, corner back, and safety. This team has a lot of holes. So in actuality the Panthers biggest draft need is to draft well overall.

Consider the 2010 and 2011 drafts. Look at the players we drafted. Jimmy Clausen, Armanti Edwards, Tony Pike, Terrell McClain, Brandon Hogan, Eric Norwood, R.J. Stanford, Robert McClain, Lawrence Wilson, Lee Ziemba. The only names on that list are Jimmy Clausen and Armanti Edwards. Cam Newton, Greg Hardy, and Brandon LaFell are the only players from those two drafts that have had any significant impact on our team since they were drafted.

So what this tells me is that GM Dave Gettleman is doing his homework. He knows that wide receiver is a need, and that he intends to address it in this draft, and he intends to land a player that can make an immediate impact.

They’ve brought in Cordarrelle Patterson and Tavon Austin. Both of whom are first round talent. They’ve also brought in DeAndre Hopkins and Stedman Bailey. Patterson and Austin are both receivers that the Panthers could take at 14. However, we’re without a third round pick. Trading back into the 20’s with a team that has a guy they have to have at 14 could see us landing DeAndre Hopkins. Let me reiterate my point. Gettleman gets that Cam needs weapons. It just doesn’t mean we’re taking a wide receiver at 14. He’s  doing his homework to make sure that he addresses that need at any point in this draft.

Gettleman drips preparation. Don’t be shocked by Kenny Vaccaro at 14, or Lane Johnson if he’s still there at 14. I firmly believe that Dave Gettleman will draft the best player available while filling a need wherever the Panthers pick in the first round. I also believe that we’ll be getting that long coveted wide receiver to replace Steve Smith when he rides off into the sunset. I think that Gettleman just wants to make sure he gets his guy.

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