Carolina Panthers Draft: Making the case against a wide receiver in Round 1

Carolina Panthers, Jerry Jeudy #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers, Jerry Jeudy #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Carolina Panthers have a lot of areas to address, mostly on their defense as it wouldn’t make any sense for them to take a wide receiver with the No. 7 overall pick.

At this point in time, the Carolina Panthers need a lot of help on their defense. They need to add a new defensive tackle, some cornerbacks, and even a few edge rushers to the mix. Even in a recent mock draft, the Panthers would look like winners if they ended up with a draft class that mostly consisted of defensive cornerstones for the future.

General manager Marty Hurney has confirmed that defense will be at the forefront of the Panthers’ draft board but what if things change between now and then? Hurney does have a history of making some silly decisions when it comes to the roster but in no way, shape, or form should the Panthers consider drafting a wide receiver. Not with the No. 7 overall pick at least as it just wouldn’t make any sense whatsoever.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s tempting to add a future No. 1 receiving option to the mix with such a high first-round draft pick. It’s just not a priority, especially with so many new wide receivers added via free agency led by Robby Anderson as they’re pretty much set at the positional group.

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For years now, the Panthers have neglected drafting young new defensive talent ready to step right in and take care of business. It’s important that the Panthers finally address this once and for all since they’re rebuilding for a brighter future.

The No. 7 overall pick can get them a premier, run-stopping defensive lineman. It can get them an edge rusher that can bring the heat against opposing quarterbacks. Even drafting the best available cornerback would be better than wasting it on a wide receiver when they’re stacked with good talent already.

You know, the kind of receiving talent that will more than likely get the job done this upcoming season. So far, the Panthers’ offense will probably be better than what the football world has seen over the last few years as it’s about time the focus shifted primarily towards upgrading the defense.

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Overall, the Panthers need to use their first-round draft pick on a stud defensive player. The position as to which to address first can always be debated but when it comes to the idea of using it on a wide receiver, it just wouldn’t make sense for a team with so many dire needs on defense. Especially for a team like the Panthers that haven’t had a defensive identity for a while now.