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5 First-Round Scenarios for Carolina Panthers in 2014 NFL Draft

First Round NFL Draft Scenarios for Carolina Panthers

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While they have lost many key players on both sides of the ball, the Carolina Panthers have many more problems to fix on offense than defense. As such, the Panthers are looking to land a wide receiver or a strong offensive lineman during the first round of the NFL Draft. While either would help Cam Newton, the Panthers are most likely leaning towards a wide receiver with the recent loss of Steve Smith.

5. Go with OL Zack Martin

Zack Martin, Notre Dame, NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers
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5. Go With OL Zack Martin

Zack Martin, Notre Dame, NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers
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Standing at respectable 6-foot-4 and weighing in at a solid 309-pounds, Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin would be a good addition for the Panthers. He is a strong, solid pass and run blocker who would fit the Panthers' style of offense very well. Not only that, but his size and strength would also anchor the line and help mitigate the loss of veteran Jordan Gross.

4. Steal OT Cyrus Kouandjio

Cyrus Kouandjio, NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers, Alabama
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4. Steal OT Cyrus Kouandjio

Cyrus Kouandjio, NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers, Alabama
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If the Panthers decide to take an offensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft, Alabama offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio seems like a very good choice. While there has been some concern about his knee, this could be a blessing in disguise for Carolina and could cause him to fall lower in the draft. If this is the case, the depleted Panthers' line should jump at the chance to add Kouandjio to their team.

3. Draft WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Odelle Beckham Jr., Carolina Panthers, NFL Draft
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3. Draft WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Odelle Beckham Jr., Carolina Panthers, NFL Draft
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Normally Odell Beckham Jr., with his small stature, would not seem like a good fit for the Panthers, who are seeking a larger target for Cam Newton. However, with Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell both leaving the team, the Panthers need a quick receiver to make down field plays. Beckham Jr. would fit into this role perfectly, giving some extra speed as well as some playmaking ability to the receiving corps.

2. Draft Penn State WR Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson, Penn State, NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers
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2. Draft Penn State WR Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson, Penn State, NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers
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Penn State's Allen Robinson appears to be exactly the kind of wideout the Carolina Panthers want to take. He is a bruiser of a receiver, not afraid to run across the middle and able to take a hit. He would be a very good pick for the team, and he would open up both the short and middle routes on the field.

1. Take WR Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers, Florida State University, NFL Draft
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1. Take WR Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers, Florida State University, NFL Draft
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They say you can't teach height, and Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin aims to prove that. While Allen Robinson's style would be perfect for the Carolina Panthers, Benjamin provides the same type of physicality in a much larger body (6-foot-5, 234-pounds). While his route running is questionable at times, Benjamin would provide Cam Newton with a large target who could out muscle cornerbacks and fight in short yardage situations.