Every day, the NFL Draft gets closer and closer, and that means that every day, more and more rumors fly. As of right now, while they would be completely justified in taking a offensive lineman in the first round, all signs point toward the Carolina Panthers taking a wide receiver with their late first-round pick.
This is a solid move because, while the Panthers did manage to bring on some talent during free agency, they are still missing the deep threat that Steve Smith brought to the team. As a result, while their offensive line seems weak these days, Cam Newton still has no targets to hit down field. Carolina needs a wide receiver who fits into two categories. They need a young, fast wideout with down field potential. However, they also need a receiver with all of those talents who they can take late in the first round. The way things are going, it seems that Pittsburgh Panther receiver Devin Street fits that bill.
Street is exactly what the Panthers are looking for in their first-round pick. He ran a 4.55 40 time, which may not be the most impressive, but it shows he has the ability to get down field. Not only that, but last year he led Pittsburgh with 16.7 yard per catch. Those numbers should be very enticing to a struggling Panthers’ offense. Getting someone on the offense who can get down field is the No. 1 priority for Carolina, and Street has the ability to do just that.
In addition, due to the plethora of wide receiving talent in this year’s draft, odds are he will fall down to the bottom of the first round for the Panthers to pick. Street is a solid option for Carolina, and while there are better names coming out of college, he fits what they need and would be a great signing.