As we are all well aware of, the panthers currently have the most depleted receiving corps in the NFL. To make matters worse Cam Newton is having ankle surgery and will be out at least 4 months. I'm sure many of us are wondering what Gettleman is doing letting our top four wide receivers from last year walk. Steve Smith, quite possibly the most notable and greatest player to ever put on a Panthers uniform, was cut and picked up by the Baltimore Ravens on a 3 year deal. Brandon Lafell was allowed to walk and ended up with the Patriots. Ted Ginn, gone to the Cardinals, and lastly, Domenik Hixon is now a member of the Chicago. Ouch! That leaves us with Marvin McNutt... and Tavarres King. Hurts a little more now. I expect for the Panthers to double up or possibly triple up on WRs in this draft. So with this complete overhaul of the receiving core, I present to you a couple of Wide Receivers that I expect to be there for us in Rounds 1 and 3 of the Draft and most likely start for us. There will be a poll at the end to see which combination you like most!!!
Round 1 Talent
Odell Beckham Jr. - Beckham Jr. stands 6ft tall and weighs around 190 pounds. For a team that isn't really known for its passing in LSU, Beckham put up great numbers his last season with 1,152 yards and 8 touchdowns. While he does not have elite size, he has great speed and quickness in the open field. Beckham would immediately make an impact on the field for the Panthers.
Brandin Cooks - Out of Oregon State, Cooks was the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner as he compiled 1,730 yards on 128 receptions. Although he does not have ideal height (5-10) Cooks is a YAC machine and is very elusive. He is shifty and fast as he runs the 40 yard dash in 4.33 seconds. Also does not have a history of being injured.
Kelvin Benjamin - As opposed to the prior wide receivers mentioned in this article, Benjamin has great size (6-5 240lbs). He would be a RIDICULOUS mismatch for defenses and a spectacular red-zone target. Has elite body control and goes for the ball at it's highest point. Benjamin is very strong as you could imagine and is not afraid of contact. Could use some work on his route running and overall technique. Arguably more raw than the other WRs.
Round 3 Talent
Martavis Bryant - Being a Clemson fan I saw Martavis Bryant play week in and week out. One thing I noticed about Bryant was that he got better and matured as a receiver as the season went along. I also noticed he has great size just like Kelvin Benjamin. Bryant is 6-4 and 211lbs. He is very fast for his size, running a 4.42 at the combine. Body and arm length is far above average, making him a good red-zone target. Bryant is sometimes inconsistent catching the ball and could work on his route running.
Jared Abbrederis - Originally a walk on, Abbrederis really came along during his career at Wisconsin. He stands 6-1 and weighs 195lbs. Not the strongest guy (4 reps on bench at combine) but he is a very reliable and consistent wide receiver. Abbrederis has a high football IQ and could possibly have the best route running skills out of the entire WR draft prospects for 2014.
Bruce Ellington - This is a new name I've seen popping up around here and would be a great pick for us in the 3rd round. Ellington is the shortest of this group of WRs at 5-9 197lbs, but possesses great burst and acceleration. Ellington is very agile and has good hands. Tough guy who is not afraid of getting hit and runs the 40 in 4.45 seconds. Not a great blocker and can get outmuscled in some situations.
So there you have it, my list of some possible (hopefully!!) future Panther WRs. Which pass-catching duo do you like best???