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5 WRs the Carolina Panthers Should Target in 2014 NFL Draft

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2014 NFL Draft: 5 WRs the Carolina Panthers Should Target

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This offseason, the Carolina Panthers released long-time receiver Steve Smith, effectively creating a need at the position. Coincidentally, the 2014 NFL Draft is one of the deepest wide receiver classes in recent memory, and the Panthers should be able to find their next great receiver through the draft. That said, ladies and gentlemen, here are five receivers the Panthers should target in the 2014 NFL Draft.

5. Jordan Matthews

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5. Jordan Matthews

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The SEC’s all-time leader in receiving yards, Jordan Matthews is an impressive player. He’s not a spectacular athlete, but what he lacks in elite-level athleticism, he makes up for with his instincts, toughness and catching ability. Matthews would definitely be a solid pickup for the Panthers and provide Cam Newton with a reliable target.

4. Odell Beckham Jr.

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4. Odell Beckham Jr.

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A speedy receiver with surprisingly good hands, Odell Beckham Jr. should absolutely be a target for the Panthers in this year’s draft. Although Beckham is timid going over the middle, there is no doubt that, in the right situation, he could be a dangerous weapon.

3. Kelvin Benjamin

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3. Kelvin Benjamin

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A huge receiver, Kelvin Benjamin would provide Cam Newton with the type of target he has lacked his entire career. Standing at 6-foot-5, Benjamin’s size, speed and playmaking ability is something special, and in Carolina, Benjamin could thrive.

2. Allen Robinson

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2. Allen Robinson

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If the Panthers are looking for a receiver known for having outstanding production and consistency, the team needs to look no further than Allen Robinson out of Penn State. Robinson, while not an elite athlete, has more than enough skill to get it done in the NFL, and with skills reminiscent of now-former Panther Steve Smith, Robinson would be a great fit for the Panthers.

1. Marqise Lee

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1. Marqise Lee

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While it’s certainly very possible that Marqise Lee isn’t on the board by the time the Panthers’ pick rolls around, there’s no disputing the fact that if Lee were to end up in Carolina, he would be a dangerous player. Seen as a top-10 pick a year ago, Lee has fallen off a bit over the past year. But with his natural talent, Lee is everything the Panthers should want in their next receiver.