Mocking the Panthers 3.0


Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks – who was highlighted in Mocking the Panthers 1.0 – isn't the only wide receiver analysts have mocked to the Panthers.

Quite a few have been projected to Carolina, but as Mel Kiper, Jr. points out, receiver isn't the only need for the Panthers on offense.

Daniel Jeremiah and Matt Smith,
WR Marqise Lee, Southern California

Jeremiah and Smith both have the Panthers selecting the junior wide receiver. In his first two seasons, Lee was nearly unstoppable, recording 191 receptions for 2,864 yards and 25 touchdowns. As a junior, he posted 57 catches for 791 yards and four touchdowns despite missing three games with a knee injury.

The 6-foot, 192-pound wideout ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and he's a consensus first-round pick. With the Panthers re-tooling their receiving corps – Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn, Jr. and Domenik Hixon have all joined other teams – a playmaker like Lee could help make an immediate impact.

Todd McShay,
WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

McShay has the Panthers selecting a different wide receiver – a player who was one of the heroes of the BCS National Championship game. Benjamin, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound target, hauled in a 2-yard touchdown in the closing seconds to lift the Seminoles over Auburn, 34-31.

Benjamin's size sets him apart, and although he may not be as technical or explosive as other receivers, most view him as a first-round pick. Benjamin led the ACC with 15 touchdown receptions as a junior in 2013, and he could provide the Panthers with a valued red-zone presence from day one.

Charles Davis,
WR Jarvis Landry, Louisiana State

Landry is the second LSU receiver that has been mocked to Carolina. Charlie Campbell of mocked Odell Beckham to the Panthers.

Landry emerged as a starter as a junior in 2013, and he took advantage, recording 77 receptions for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns. Landry ran a 4.77 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and Davis thinks the Panthers will select the 5-foot-11, 205-pound receiver to address their need at the position.

Ricky Dimon,
WR Allen Robinson, Penn State

The wide receiver trend continues with Robinson, who is fresh off consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for the Nittany Lions. In 2013, he set school records for receptions (97) and receiving yards (1,432).

At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, Robinson possesses the size and athleticism to elevate over defensive backs. He ran a 4.6 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and has the ability to create chunk plays after the catch.

Mel Kiper Jr.,
OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

Kiper addresses Carolina's need on the offensive line tabbing Kouandjio – the 6-foot-7, 322-pound tackle. Kouandjio is regarded as a first-round prospect thanks to his ideal size and strength to go along with the vaunted Alabama pedigree.

A knee injury suffered as a freshman has raised questions about Kouandjio's status, but Kiper and others remain confident in his ability to excel at the next level.

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