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Why The Panther's Will Not Draft A WR in the 1st Round

I know all here on CSR will say this is blasphemy and that I should be put in the stocks for suggesting such a thing. I urge you to step back for a moment and lets look at what past history can reveal to us. There is a little saying that "History has a way of repeating itself." If we know anything about Dave Gettleman is that he likes his hogmollies and wants to build this team from the inside out. So lets take a look at what Gettleman could have taken with him from his time with the Giants. Remember this will be just his second NFL Draft at the helm here in Carolina.

Panthers NFL Draft History

Dave Gettleman spent 15 years with the New York Giants from 1998 till 2012. During this time period the Giants only drafted a wide receiver in the first round "One time only"! So over the course of 15 years in the Giants front office he saw his predecessor's take only Hakeem Nicks in the first round back in the 2009 NFL Draft. Let that sink in for a moment, only 1 in 15 years. Everything Gettleman learned while he moved up the ranks in that organization he brought here with him to Carolina. He will lean on these experiences as he himself grows as a first time GM.

With the Giants only using one first rounder on a wide receiver during his tenure there, you may ask yourself so where and when did the Giants draft pass catchers for the offense. Let us take a look at where history might lead us to getting some wide receiver help for Cam Newton and the offense.

1998:

2 55 Joe Jurevicius WR Penn State
3 70 Brian Alford WR Purdue

1999: No Wide Receivers Drafted.

2000:

3 73 Ron Dixon WR Lambuth

2001:

5 162 Jonathan Carter WR Troy State

2002:

2 46 Tim Carter WR Auburn
7 226 Daryl Jones WR Miami (Fla.)

2003:

6 199 Willie Ponder WR Southeast Missouri State
6 211 David Tyree WR Syracuse
7 255 Kevin Walter WR Eastern Michigan

2004:

6 168 Jamaar Taylor WR Texas A&M

2005: No Wide Receivers Drafted.

2006:

2 44 Sinorice Moss WR Miami (Fla.)

2007:

2 51 Steve Smith WR USC

2008:

3 95 Mario Manningham WR Michigan

2009:

1 29 Hakeem Nicks WR North Carolina
3 85 Ramses Barden WR Cal Poly-S.L.O.

2010: No Wide Receivers Drafted.

2011:

3 83 Jerrel Jernigan WR Troy

2012:

2 63 Rueben Randle WR LSU

2013: No Wide Receivers Drafted By New York Or Carolina. (Gettleman's First Year Here).

With all things relative I would say Gettleman would look to address the wide receiver position somewhere in rounds 2 or 3 going off the Giants trends especially over the last 7 to 8 years. I am of the thinking Carolina will be looking at prospects in the range from a Jarvis Landry (LSU), Paul Richardson (Colorado), Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss), and a player they have met with already at the Senior Bowl in Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin) to be realistic options where they are drafting at in those rounds (Picks 60 and 92). You could see the the Panthers take another WR later on in round 6 as history would indicate but Gettleman might just look at the UDFA's for that one as he done for the secondary last season. Or maybe the answer is already on the roster as Gett's likes to say.

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