This years deep class of receivers will allow a lot of talented players to fall in the draft. The Panthers are more than likely going to select an offensive tackle to replace Jordan Gross with their first pick (assuming the talent is there at the 28). The Panthers also desperately need a receiver and a guy like Jordan Matthews might be available for them at their second pick.
Jordan Matthews is a big target for Cam Newton. He is 6’3″ and 212 pounds. Matthews compares to Earl Bennett right now, but I believe he has even more potential. He can easily step in and be a red zone specialist his first year with Carolina. Matthews had an impressive combine. As a receiver he posted 21 bench reps, showing impressive strength. He had a 35.5″ vertical and a 10′ broad jump. His catching radius is off the charts. He also showed he had speed and agility with a 4.46 forty yard dash and a 4.18 shuttle drill. Yes it is just a combine, but Matthews has displayed his size and speed plenty of times in his game tape.
Matthews has had to compete against some of the nation’s top defenses in the SEC. He dominated his matchups, a good sign of a player with potential at the next level. He is so athletic that Vanderbilt drew up running plays for Matthews. He has excellent hands and concentration to snag a ball out of the air over defenders. He can win jump balls with against defensive back in the NFL and has the speed and agility to make a play after the catch. Matthews is a first round talent buried behind loads of other high profile names. I wouldn’t even be mad if the Panthers used their first pick on Matthews, but should they wait and he fall to them in the second round, expect Gettleman to run up with his selection as he did with Lotulelei last season.