Panthers 2012 UDFA Profile: WR Wes Kemp

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 4: Wes Kemp #8 of the University of Missouri Tigers hauls in a pass against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini during the State Farm Arch Rivalry game on September 4 2010 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis Missouri. The Tigers defeated the Fighting Illini 23-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Panthers clearly made the wide receiver position a priority in the UDFA market, and, as a result, the they were able to obtain the services of four wide receivers who will have a great opportunity to make this team. By my estimation, the receiver who has been given the least amount of attention since being signed by the Panthers would be Wes Kemp. Of course, his relative obscurity only added to my intrigue, and after spending some time researching the former Tiger from Missouri, I was pleasantly surprised by what he could bring to this team.

If you were to ask a pool of NFL players what musicians are currently playing on their ipod, I'm quite certain that the majority of those answers would be artists from the hip hop, rap, and rock genres. I'm going to go out on a limb a bit more by assuming that most of today's athletes wouldn't be listening to artists like Gotye, Al Green, and Bach too often. But Wes Kemp does, and this is only one example of what makes him so unique.

As a sophomore, Kemp earned 2nd Team Academic All-Big 12 status and went on to complete his undergraduate business degree in an impressive three and a half years. Not only does he have the intelligence to learn the position, but he also has the work ethic and character to excel at he next level. Unfortunately for Kemp, those attributes didn't translate to eye-popping statistics during his college career. However, it would be foolish to look at his numbers alone when completing the full picture of what he brings to the table.

Generally speaking, a wide receiver's blocking ability doesn't get a great deal of love from fans, but it is important to scouts, however, when handing out final grades, and Kemp's score in this category was probably one of the highest in the country. In fact, his offensive coordinator at Missouri called him a dominant blocker and Blaine Gabbert additionally gave him high praise when he called Kemp the best blocker on the entire team. When you throw in the fact that he didn't drop a single pass during his senior season, and never lost a fumble in his college career, we have the makings of a sleeper pick to make the practice squad or more. What do you think, CSR? Let me know in the poll and the comment section that follows.

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn

03/01/2012 Missouri Pro Day 6-3 3/8 223 9 3/4 32 5/8 80 4.51 18 10'1" 34 1/2 4.24 11.50 6.87

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2008 Missouri Big 12 FR WR 1 15 15.0 0 0 0 0 1 15 15.0 0
2009 Missouri Big 12 SO WR 23 418 18.2 3 0 0 0 23 418 18.2 3
2010 Missouri Big 12 JR WR 39 420 10.8 3 1 9 9.0 0 40 429 10.7 3
2011 Missouri Big 12 SR WR 29 369 12.7 5 1 -1 -1.0 0 30 368 12.3 5
Career Missouri 92 1222 13.3 11 2 8 4.0 0 94 1230 13.1 11
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Generated 5/15/2012.

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