After months and months, thousands upon thousands of mock draft scenarios the day has finally arrived. Tonight all the guessing and prognosticating can be thrown out. Tonight it’s real. The needs for our Carolina Panthers are many and at 8pm tonight we will take steps to begin filling those needs.
Personally I think our #14 pick should be a big receiver. My preference is Clemson’s “Nuke” Hopkins. With the team we have assembled, there is a gaping hole in our offense at the receiver position opposite Steve Smith. Hopkins would be able to fill that need. I like Hopkins because I believe he is very close to being ready right now for the NFL.
Hopkins had 82 receptions for over 1400 yards this past college season. Not only that, he averaged 17 yards per catch and he also snagged 18 touch down passes. Sure, like all rookies he needs some refinement, but under the tutelage of Steve Smith I believe Hopkins could complete this offensive unit. Cam needs another weapon on this offense and Nuke could be the guy. I know there are all sorts of needs on this team but I am speaking of the first round pick only here.
Steve Smith does not have too much longer with this team. He needs to begin grooming someone to take his place and I believe Hopkins is the guy. I think he (Hopkins) and LaFell will be the future of the Panthers receiving core and I think that combination is a good pairing for our “franchise”, Cam Newton.
This draft will go a long way in determining the future of the Panthers organization and several others. The pressure is on and it is going to be a pepto-bismol kind of night. Lots of excitement, hope, and surely some disappointment will be going on tonight in the Big Apple.