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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Sleepers Who Fit Perfectly for Carolina Panthers

NFL Draft: 5 Sleepers Who Fit Perfectly for Carolina Panthers

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The Carolina Panthers came extremely close to a potential trip to the Super Bowl, but unfortunately fell short. This offseason, the Panthers lost a lot of their receiving corps, so it should come as no surprise that a large majority of their needs are receiving depth. However, the good news for Carolina is that it is only one or two pieces away from being Super Bowl ready. Here are five sleepers in the NFL Draft who fit perfectly.

No. 5 WR Martavis Bryant – Clemson

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No. 5 WR Martavis Bryant – Clemson

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Bryant didn’t get a lot of credit at Clemson because of the talent of Sammy Watkins, but he’s a good receiver with a lot of potential. In an offense that needs desperate help at the receiver position, Bryant could be a good grab late in the draft for depth.

No. 4 WR Jordan Matthews – Vanderbilt

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No. 4 WR Jordan Matthews – Vanderbilt

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Although I think Kelvin Benjamin would be a better fit for the Panthers, he may not be available by the time Carolina picks. Matthews will be a star at the next level. After what he was able to do at Vanderbilt, imagine what he’ll be able to do on a team with a good quarterback.

No. 3 CB Phillip Gaines – Rice

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No. 3 CB Phillip Gaines – Rice

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Gaines didn’t get a lot of national attention, but he continues to move up on draft boards. Cornerback is a need for the Panthers, and Gaines would bring them some depth.

No. 2 OT Ja'Wuan James – Tennessee

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No. 2 OT Ja'Wuan James – Tennessee

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If Tennessee hadn’t been so hopeless at the quarterback position this season, they might have gone to a bowl game. James’ blocking was a major part of the little success they did have; he probably would’ve been a first-round pick if the Vols had had more success.

No. 1 WR Marqise Lee – USC

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No. 1 WR Marqise Lee – USC

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It’s strange to me that scouts and analysts aren’t higher on Lee. After starting last season as one of the players everybody expected to explode, USC’s continued failure marred Lee’s draft stock. Lee, like USC’s Robert Woods for the Buffalo Bills from last season, will make an impact.