Panthers: Panthers meet with wide receivers at NFL Combine
The Carolina Panthers met with two notable wide receivers Saturday at the NFL Combine.
In case you didn’t know, it’s NFL Combine time. The Carolina Panthers, along with several other teams are meeting with potential draftees to see what their options are. Saturday, it appeared that wide receiver was the position of focus as the Panthers met with several prospects at the position per Stephen Igoe of 247Sports.
Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore and Notre Dame wideout Equanimeous St. Brown were two of the notable names the Panthers met with and Panther fans should be excited at the prospect of potentially getting one of the two.
Measuring in at 6-foot-5 204 pounds, St. Brown is an interesting prospect. He had a tremendous year in 2016 as he was one of DeShone Kizer’s top targets. He caught 58 passes for 961 yards and nine touchdowns, his best numbers as a member of the Irish. He had a bit of a down year in 2017, snagging 22 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns.
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St. Brown was considered a mid-round pick, but he has impressed in the past couple of weeks. As Igoe notes, he could now go as high as the second round.
The Panthers possess a second round pick (No. 55 overall) and two third-round picks (No. 85 acquired in the Kelvin Bejamin trade and No. 88), so there could be a chance St. Brown (or a wide receiver in general) could be drafted with that pick.
D.J. Moore’s name has been one that keeps popping up in connection with the Panthers. In fact, as of Friday, Moore was the Panthers’ primary target at the wide receiver position. Moore was tremendously explosive for the Terrapins in 2017, catching 80 passes for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns. At 5-foot-11, he is not exactly the tallest, but his speed and athleticism is something the Panthers could desperately use.
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Whether or not the Panthers pick one of those two, or someone else entirely, it has been made clear that the Carolina Panthers want a receiver. Not only do they want a receiver, they want someone who is a playmaker. They already have solid playmakers at the position and it appears they want someone who can take the receiving core to the next level.