(November 8, 2013 - Source: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images North America)
There is no doubt that all of us agree on one thing and that is the Carolina Panthers need to draft a WR at some point in the 2014 NFL Draft. The only real debate is in at what point during the process does Dave Gettleman and Ron Rivera pull the trigger. Many pundits in the media and here on CSR are banging the table for Carolina to use it's first round pick on the position. I for one do not think it is the end all be all that we do this. This draft is deep at the wide receiver position group and everyone and their brother in NFL circles knows this as well. Let us take a look at a pick after his combine performance has solidified his value as a possible day 2 pick this upcoming May.
Donte Moncrief the wide receiver from Ole Miss is just the player the Panthers could cast their pick in on at number 60 overall in the second round. Moncrief's official numbers are:
Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief clocked an official 4.40 forty-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was "unofficially" hand-timed as fast as 4.35. The speed is impressive considering Moncrief weighed in at a solid 6-foot-2 and 221 pounds earlier in the week. A favorite of NFL Films producer Greg Cosell, Moncrief seems to be flying under the radar at this stage of the draft process, but offers future No. 1A receiving potential. He's currently in the day-two hunt. Feb 23 - 4:51 PM
|Donte Moncrief||Mississippi||6-2||221||4.40||4.40||1.50||39.5||11-0||32 3/8||9 1/8|
Now if Gettleman and company have a higher value on another prospect at another position then I would tend to think Donte Moncrief would be considered a real value for the teams second round selection if WR was not addressed in the first round. Moncrief paired with Smith in the slot and either another WR in free agency or in the draft would form a nice compliment of weapons at Cam Newton's disposal. This type of drafting, not reaching for need but letting it come to you throughout the draft process makes the good teams stay relevant and the bad ones drafting early in the following drafts to come as in Cleveland and Jacksonville always seem to be doing. So with that being considered, Donte Moncrief is what Carolina needs and Gettleman would not have to reach for it.