2014 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0 – Post Free Agency Edition
By Dave Searles
Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (1) catches a touchdown pass over Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
28. Carolina Panthers
Wide Receiver, Florida State
Previously: Antonio Richardson (Offensive Tackle, Tennessee)
Kelvin Benjamin is a risky pick, especially in the first round, but the Carolina Panthers have to take risks in order to remain relevant in the NFC South. Benjamin is a mismatch due to his big frame and straight line speed. He can catch passes at a height most cornerbacks can’t even think of reaching. He has a lot of things to improve, including his pass catching skills and route running, but receivers that big don’t come around every year.
One way to move on from longtime wideout Steve Smith is to draft a receiver that is the polar opposite of him. On one side, there is no more dire need than in Carolina for receiving talent. The concerning thing is that the Panthers would be taking him hoping for Calvin Johnson, but due to a major issue holding onto the ball there’s an equal chance this pick ends up as Dwayne Jarrett 2.0. Still, you can’t teach size, so the Panthers roll the dice.