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2014: Kelvin Benjamin was drafted in the first round with the 28th pick. He went on to set the rookie record for receptions and yards. Currently he is the seventh all-time leading receiver.
2015: Devin Funchess ended up the third receiving option behind Ted Ginn and Philly Brown. Hopefully after half a year starting as the No. 1 receiver he’ll be ready to pass Kelvin Benjamin on the all-time receiving list.
2016: No wide receivers draft selections
2017: Curtis Samuel had a rookie season derailed by injuries.
For the most part the Panthers have rarely used high draft selections on wide receivers. Instead, receiver draft picks have primarily been used in the later rounds on speedy kick returners.
During an offseason where the hottest topic is to surround quarterback Cam Newton with some talent on the outside, it’s going to be important that the Panthers do their research and try to finally find a difference maker that can be an instant impact.