I have a many thoughts on the draft, some safe some not so safe. I think if Lane Johnson is around by the 14th pick, then we should definitely go for him. I also think if Johnson or Patterson are not available by the time the Panthers first round pick comes up, then we should pick up Kenny Vaccaro. The Panthers shouldn’t pick up a Defensive Tackle in the first round either. Those are just my thoughts, and I’m sure they would make for a great article, but I have been thinking about the possibility of picking up a Wide Receiver with their first round pick and that is obviously the focus of this article.
The Panthers have a pretty good pick in this year’s NFL draft. By the time the 14th pick of the 2013 draft rolls around, there will still be a large number of talented players around for the picking. I really have been considering the possibility of the Carolina Panthers taking a Wide Receiver in the 1st round and I think the two best Wide Receivers in this year’s draft class are Cordarrelle Patterson and Tavon Austin. Though most websites and mock drafts have Austin as the better player, I really think that Cordarrelle is the best Receiver in the draft.
I want the next high profile Panther Wide Receiver to be from the Calvin Johnson build. Tall, athletic, strong, and fast, these are the things I want in a Panthers Wide Receiver. Cordarrelle Patterson has all of that. He has height, standing in at six foot two inches, and has a vertical that proved to be one of the best of this year’s combine, 37 inches. His speed however is one of the few things in question, his time in the 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds. The difference between his and Austin’s time may seem small, but the difference in a 4.42 and a 4.34 40-yard dash says a lot about the speed of a player.
Now Tavon Austin is a great prospect in his own right, but I see him as a Steve Smith type of receiver and for the Panthers I think a tall, athletic receiver would be best for the Carolina Panthers future. Austin doesn’t really possess the qualities of a reliable route receiver, even though his break-out/playmaking abilities are off the charts. Either way, I think both players will have bright futures in the NFL; Patterson just seems to be the better fit for the Panthers going forward.
Cordarrelle Patterson has some issues that many think will hurt his draft stock. He is extremely young and untested. Patterson only spent one year at the University of Tennessee and apparently has some issues with authority. He has also been known to use his body to catch instead of his hands, even when it wasn’t necessary. It has also been reported that Patterson doesn’t like to catch the ball at the highest point, even though his vertical is quite good.
Though Patterson is very raw in his abilities he has tremendous potential as a play maker. Patterson and Austin will definitely be first round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them is the first Wide Receiver picked up in the entire draft. I just think that the Panthers could make do with Patterson instead of Austin as their next head-lining Wide Receiver. Those are just my thoughts though, and I would love to hear yours. Please leave them in the comments below.